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Univision and Telemundo Sued for $100 Million by Juan Gabriel’s Family

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Juan Gabriel’s son and daughter-in-law are suing the two largest Spanish language networks for allegedly not doing their homework and spreading “fake” news about them and the late singer.

Ivan and Simona Aguilera filed the $100 million defamation suit last week in Miami that alleges both networks promoted several unsubstantiated story lines about Gabriel. Stories that claim the singer had a long lost son by the name of Joao Aguilera who alleged Ivan was robbing the estate and keeping the “new” son from his inheritance. The most salacious of the network’s stories claimed Ivan indirectly contributed to the death of his father after the pair had a massive fight. Univision is also noted for promoting the false son story as well as unsubstantiated claims that Sonya was a former stripper that was despised by her father-in-law.

The much beloved iconic singer died suddenly on August 28, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. An autopsy later attributed his death to natural causes related to heart disease and advanced diabetes. Gabriel left behind an incredible list of musical accomplishments: 100 million records sold, 60 albums produced and induction into the Latin Music Hall of Fame. Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto noted “We lament the death of Juan Gabriel, one of the biggest musical icons of our country.”

The stories in question started last year shortly after the singer’s death and contain such salacious titles as ““We introduce Joao Gabriel Alberto Aguilera, Juan Gabriel’s new secret son,” and “Unrecognized biological son of Juan Gabriel accuses the heir Ivan Aguilera of theft.” Gabriel who never married only recognized during his lifetime Ivan Aguilera as his only biological child.

Interestingly Telemundo partnered with Gabriel to bring his rags-to-riches life story in a mini-series “Hasta Que Te Conoci” that aired after his death to record TV audiences.

The suit also names as defendants Joao Aguilera, the alleged biological son, and his mother Consuelo Rosales.

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