Bad news for Selena Quintanilla fans. It looks like the To Selena With Love television series will no longer be a reality.
Selena's father Abraham Quintanilla filed a lawsuit against the late singer's widower Chris Pérez in December to stop the show from happening. The Texas judge has ruled in favor of Abraham, claiming Pérez did not have authorization to adapt the written memoir into television.
"[They're] commercially exploiting her name, image, and likeness to make money," said Abraham's lawyer, Michael Trauben in court.
Pérez received the Quintanilla family's blessing to write his love story about his late wife in 2012.
"When I was done and talked to Abraham about it, he said, 'Soon if it's something you feel you need to do, you have every right to do it,'" Pérez said.
But while Pérez signed an agreement making Abraham the exclusive rights holder of all "Entertainment Properties," his lawyer says the lawsuit violates his free speech. Attorney Eric Medina said that Perez did not give his free speech rights in signing the documents — and his story does not violate the agreement whatsoever, which is why they want the lawsuit dismissed.