Late Tejano popstar Selena Quintanilla’s father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., has filed a lawsuit against his daughter’s husband, Chris Perez, over the production of a television series.

What does the suit allege?

Perez had previously written a book concerning his relationship with the slain singer in 2012, entitled "To Selena With Love," that discussed their married years. He recently joined forces with Endemol Shine Latino to create a television series based on the book.

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Unfortunately, production of the series may have been a breach of contract.

Abraham claims that his estate owns the likeness of his daughter and the legal right over her portrayal in media, including her name and voice. Added to that, the suit alleges that Perez had explicitly agreed in 1995 beforehand that he would not exploit Selena’s image within “any manner or medium,” which includes using her likeness in books or film.

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It is currently unclear if the 2012 book in itself caused as break in the contract, as Perez had previously claimed in a released statement that it had been published with Abraham’s permission and approval, although the book was reportedly written beforehand without the family’s prior knowledge.

It is also currently believed that production on the potential television series, which was reportedly announced weeks before the suit had been filed, has been halted as well.

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Selena’s remaining presence within popular culture

According to reports, Selena’s family has worked this year to promote the late singer’s image, such as a wax likeness at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, a MAC Cosmetics makeup line, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A Corpus Christi native, the singer was also recently inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame at Texas Woman's University this past October.

In 1997, a biopic was produced, titled "Selena," casting Jennifer Lopez in the lead. Perez had been portrayed by boxer-turned actor Jon Seda and the singer’s father was played by Edward James Olmos. Actress Lupe Ontiveros played Yolanda Saldívar, Selena’s killer and former fan-club president.

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