Michael Corleone Sues Netflix Over Unauthorized Use of Griselda Blanco’s Life Story

In addition to trying to prevent the production starring Sofia Vergara from being released, the narco's youngest son also wants money for what he considers to be her stories.

Netflix’s miniseries Griselda, chronicling the life of notorious drug trafficker Griselda Blanco, has been met with critical acclaim globally. However, not everyone is singing its praises. Michael Corleone, Blanco’s youngest son, has emerged as a vocal critic of the series. His discontent stems from the portrayal of his mother and his allegations that Netflix utilized his interviews without consent and failed to involve him in the production process.

Corleone, named after his mother’s favorite character from The Godfather, claims that his insights into his mother’s life were pivotal for the series, yet Netflix never formally involved him. This oversight has led him to file a lawsuit against the streaming giant, demanding $50,000 (approximately 195 million Colombian pesos) for what he views as unauthorized use of his family’s image and narrative.

Michael Corleone’s Legal Stand

The miniseries "Griselda" has received several criticisms from Michael Corleone due to the affectation in the image of the drug trafficker for her son - credit Netflix.
The miniseries “Griselda” has received several criticisms from Michael Corleone due to the affectation in the image of the drug trafficker for her son – credit Netflix.

Filed on January 19 in Miami-Dade County Court, Florida, Corleone’s lawsuit accuses Netflix of causing irreparable harm to his family’s image. According to a statement from Corleone’s lawyer to Business Insider, Corleone was open to sharing his mother’s story with Latin World Entertainment and Netflix, provided he received fair compensation.

The Portrayal in Question

Adding to the controversy, Corleone has taken issue with the series’ depiction of his mother’s physical appearance. Contrary to the show’s portrayal, he insists that Blanco is an elegant and attractive woman, a far cry from the “ugly” depiction that has offended him. He told the Daily Mail, “My mother was a beautiful woman. The fact that they call her ugly, it offends me.” Corleone aims to correct this misrepresentation in his forthcoming book, revealing a side of Blanco known as “the china doll” in her youth, admired by influential figures across the globe.

Sofia Vergara’s Rebuttal

In September 2012, two gunshots to the head ended the "Queen of Cocaine" life - credit @michaelcorleoneblanco/Instagram.
In September 2012, two gunshots to the head ended the “Queen of Cocaine” life – credit @michaelcorleoneblanco/Instagram.

Sofia Vergara, who not only stars in but also executive produces Griselda, responded to the lawsuit and Corleone’s criticisms during an appearance on Univision’s Primer Impacto. Vergara expressed eagerness to read Corleone’s book, highlighting the entertainment industry’s workings and the challenges of depicting real-life stories. She empathized with Corleone’s difficult childhood and expressed interest in his unique perspective on his mother’s life.

Final Thoughts

Griselda has undoubtedly sparked a significant conversation, not just about Blanco’s legacy but also about the ethical considerations in storytelling. Michael Corleone’s grievances shed light on the complexities of portraying real-life figures and the repercussions such portrayals can have on their families.