Selena Quintanilla’s legacy is still celebrated 25 years after her death. The iconic Tejano singer impressed audiences everywhere with her festive music and infectious personality. But in the years since her death, Selena’s image has remained under strict control by her family—which eventually boiled down to a legal dispute with her ex-husband Chris Perez.
Selena’s husband Chris Perez got into a legal dispute with the Quintanilla family in 2016
Since Selena’s sudden death in 1995, her father Abraham and the rest of the Quintanilla family have been in charge of her image and likeness and in every way it is used in official productions. Almost immediately after her death, the family had to work to immortalize their beloved Selena on screen; The result was the beloved 1997 biopic starring breakout singer and actor Jennifer Lopez.
Over the years, Selena’s family has blessed many Selena-related ventures, including a collection with MAC Cosmetics and a Madame Tussauds wax figure. In 2012, Selena’s husband Chris Perez released his touching memoir about their marriage, For Selena, With Love.
Perez struck a deal for a TV series based on the book, which resulted in a lawsuit in 2016 by Abraham Quintanilla and the rest of Selena’s family. The suit alleges that Perez had broken an agreement made in the wake of Selena’s death, where Selena’s family was given sole ownership of her image and likeness. Perez countered the following year, claiming that Quintanilla took advantage of him during a vulnerable time when he was still grieving over the loss of Selena.
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Chris Perez settles dispute with Quintanilla family in 2021
The legal dispute began to cause a rift between Perez and the Quintanilla family, who had previously worked to ensure that Selena retained her legacy. In September 2021, both Perez and Quintanilla announced that they had buried the hatchet and settled their years-long fight.
“Good news! I have amicably resolved my legal dispute with the Quintanilla family,” Perez told A. said in Tweet. “Now that these issues are behind us, going forward, it is my hope and the hope of the Quintanilla family that we work together to continue honoring and celebrating Selena’s legacy.”
Quintanilla himself issued a similar statement Facebook. “I just wanted to give you an update to let everyone know that I and the entire Quintanilla family have amicably resolved our legal dispute with Christopher Perez,” he said. “Now that these issues are behind us, going forward, it is my hope and the hope of the Quintanilla family that we work together to continue honoring and celebrating Selena’s legacy.”
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It is not clear what terms Perez and Quintanilla came to when settling the dispute. But at this point, the controversy over an alleged TV series is controversial, as Quintanilla has already worked with Netflix to create its own show based on his beloved Selena.
Selena: The Series premiered and starred in 2020 the walking dead Actor Christian Serratos as the Queen of Tejano Music. Selena’s sister Suzette served as executive producer on the two-part series, which ends in 2021.