Pablo Escobar's girlfriend Virginia Vallejo is suing a production company for its work on a Netflix show that allegedly stole stories from her 2007 memoir Amando a Pablo, Odiando a Escobar (Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar).
Vallejo claims that the Caracol American Productions series Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord) blatantly stole stories from her memoir without proper permission from her. According to documents obtained by TMZ, Vallejo was in negotiations with the company originally, but they never came to an agreement to allow the company to use her work. Her lawsuit alleges that the company still lifted scenes and narratives from the book anyway.
One of the scenes that Vallejo references specifically as being ripped out of her book is one in which she receives a ridiculous amount of flowers from Escobar. She also claims the show's name change of Escobar's love interest is obviously meant to insinuate her name. The show switches the name to Regina Parejo. What does that rhyme with? Yeah. You get the idea.
The exact specifics of the lawsuit are not made clear in the report, but if it is anything like Netflix's first issues regarding its programming about the drug kingpin then it might be hurting some pockets. In Sept. 2017, Pablo Escobar’s brother, Roberto de Jesus Escobar Gaviria sued Netflix for $1 billion over a copyright claim against its hit series Narcos.
Currently, 74 episodes of the 2012 mini-series Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal are available for streaming on Netflix. The series originally ran on Caracol TV in Colombia.