CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Five years after the legal dispute between Chris Perez and the Quintanilla family began over Iconic Late Pop Star Selena, the two parties have "amicably resolved" the issue.
Back in 2012, Selena's widower published a book title "To Selena, With Love" and planned to transform the book into a TV series, which has now been scrapped.
In the 2016 lawsuit, Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla II, argued the book and tv series were an "unauthorized exploitation” of the 1995 agreement that divided 25% of Selena's estate’s net profits between Chris Perez, Quintanilla, and siblings A.B. Quintanilla III and Suzette Quintanilla.
Quintanilla claimed he controlled all the rights to the entertainment properties, “including the rights to author or authorize a television production commercially exploiting the name, image, and likeness of Selena.” An agreement Perez had signed after his wife's death.
During the proceedings, Perez argued he was in shock and mourning when his father-in-law approached him with the agreement –– claiming it was to prevent piracy of Selena's name and likeness.
“Because Mr. Perez was basically defrauded into entering into that agreement, that agreement ought to go away,” argued James E. Pennington, representing Perez.
Per the agreement, Perez was severely limited in what information he could publically share regarding his three-year marriage to the beloved singer.
On September 8th a civil district judge in Nueces County signed a proposed order dismissing the case with prejudice –– meaning the issue can no longer be brought forward in court.
Both Perez and Quintallna shared the news on social media.
"Good news! I wanted to give everyone an update to let you know that I have amicably resolved my legal dispute with Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. and the entire Quintanilla family," said Perez. "Now that these issues are behind us, going forward, my hope, and the hope of the Quintanilla family, is for us to work together to continue to honor and celebrate the legacy of Selena."
"I wanted to give everyone an update to let you know that I and the entire Quintanilla family have amicably resolved our legal dispute with Christopher Perez," shared Quintanilla. "Now that these issues are behind us, going forward, my hope, and the hope of the Quintanilla family, is for us to work together to continue to honor and celebrate the legacy of Selena."