If we don’t get $1billion, we will close their little show: Pablo Escobar’s brother gives chilling threat to Netflix
Roberto Escobar, brother of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, and former ‘chief of hitmen’ for the Medellin Cartel has issued a threat to Netflix and their show, Narcos. Escobar is demanding $1 billion.tv Updated: Sep 21, 2017 11:59 IST
On July 1, 2016, Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, 71, brother of Pablo Escobar and former ‘chief of the hitmen’ for the Medellin Cartel, issued a letter to streaming giant Netflix. In the letter, he demanded $1 billion from Netflix for the unauthorised use of content. “If we don’t receive it,” he threatened, “we will close their little show.”
Just last week, a seasoned location scout for the hit show Narcos was found dead in Mexico. He’d been shot. He was working solo in a location notorious for having a high murder rate. Netflix issued the following statement: “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Munoz Portal, a well-respected scout, and send our condolences to his family. The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”
Roberto Escobar, who was arrested in 1993, was released 10 years later. He was the head accountant for the Cartel during the heyday in the ‘80s.
In an interview to the Hollywood Reporter, he suggested Netflix hire professional hitmen to provide security for their crew in Colombia.
“I don’t want Netflix or any other film production company to film any movies in Medellin or Colombia that relates to me or my brother Pablo without authorization from Escobar Inc. It is very dangerous. Especially without our blessing. This is my country,” he said.
Pablo was killed off at the end of the show’s second season, and when Roberto was asked about the show’s depiction of his brother, he said, “I don’t discuss my brother’s death. Some people say he is dead. That is all I know. To me he is still alive and my brother.”
About his legal battle with Netflix, Escobar had another chilling suggestion: “Their mothers should have left them in the womb. That is what we tell people like this if they come to Colombia,” he said.
Narcos recently concluded its third season. You can read our review here.
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First Published: Sep 20, 2017 12:15 IST