Griselda Blanco’s Family Sued Sofia Vergara, Cursing Netflix Show With the Most Heinous Crime in the Field of Cinema

The Blanco family's legal action against Sofia Vergara and Netflix casts a shadow on Griselda, stirring controversy in the film industry.

Griselda Blanco's Family Sued Sofia Vergara, Cursing Netflix Show With the Most Heinous Crime in the Field of Cinema


  • The Blanco family sues Sofia Vergara and Netflix over the unauthorized portrayal of Griselda, alleging disrespect and lack of compensation.
  • Michael Blanco criticizes Vergara and Netflix for disrespecting their family legacy and using his interviews without credit or payment.
  • Michael Blanco criticizes Netflix's portrayal of Sofia Vergara as his mother, Griselda Blanco, in Griselda, highlighting misconceptions about appearance.
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In a twist of fate, Griselda Blanco’s infamous saga emerges anew, this time within the confines of a courtroom battle. Blanco’s kin have initiated legal proceedings against actress Sofia Vergara and Netflix, decrying their depiction in a fresh series as a disrespect to Blanco’s legacy.

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Sofia Vergara in Griselda

The lawsuit, brimming with claims of defamation and sensationalism, signals a clash of reality and fiction. It sparks discourse on the ethics and artistic freedoms at play.

Sofia Vergara And Netflix Drew The Blanco Family’s Discontent

Sofia Vergara and Netflix are facing a major backlash over their new show, Griselda, with the Blanco family not happy at all. You know Vergara from Modern Family, but now she’s playing Griselda Blanco, a notorious dr*g queenpin, and it’s stirring up a lot of trouble.


The show, set in 1970s Miami, tells the story of Blanco’s rise in the dr*g world, but it’s got some parts that aren’t sitting well with the Blanco family. They’re suing Vergara and Netflix, saying they didn’t have permission to use their family’s image in the show.

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Sofia Vergara as Griselda Blanco in Netflix's Griselda (2024)
Sofia Vergara as Griselda Blanco in Netflix’s miniseries (2024)

According to a lawsuit initially acquired by TMZ, the Blanco family isn’t just talking about it; they’ve taken legal action to try to stop the show from airing.


They argue that even though Griselda is a public figure, Netflix shouldn’t have used their family’s likeness without asking, and they’re also upset that they weren’t compensated for it.

Michael Corleone Blanco, Blanco’s son, says he gave interviews for another project, but Griselda used them without giving him credit or payment. He’s not pleased, and he says the show is disrespectful to his family. He revealed to Fox News,

“Sofía Vergara did not consult with any members of the Blanco family as a sign of respect or elicit family details in portraying my mother.”

Further, he expressed,


“When I learned of the ‘Griselda’ project, my team reached out to Sofia’s camp and offered my consultation services. Sofia’s camp and the Netflix creators were disrespectful and ultimately produced the ‘Griselda’ project on their own for commercial gain, without key details from the Blanco family.”

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Michael even sent a warning to Netflix and Vergara’s team to stop, but they didn’t listen. He said,

“Netflix nor Sofia’s camp has made any attempt to reconcile…I am Griselda’s only living son that has life rights agreements signed by Griselda herself in which she intended I carry out her life story.”

And it’s not just the lawsuit. The Blanco family is also criticizing the show for making Vergara look bad, saying it’s an unfair portrayal.


Griselda Blanco’s Son Criticizes Netflix’s Depiction Of Sofia Vergara In Griselda

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Sofia Vergara and Griselda Blanco’s son Michael Corleone Blanco

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Blanco’s son isn’t holding back on his criticism of how Netflix portrays Vergara in Griselda. While some critics are praising Vergara’s performance, the son of the notorious Griselda Blanco isn’t impressed. 

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Blanco slammed the transformation of Vergara into his mother, especially the use of facial prosthetics, which took hours to apply during filming.


He finds it offensive when people call Vergara’s portrayal “ugly,” emphasizing that his mother was quite beautiful. He stated,

“My mother was a beautiful woman and it’s crazy that a lot of people say No, you’ve got to look more like a dr*g addict’ … The fact that they call her ugly that really offends me.”

According to him, misconceptions about Griselda’s appearance stem from images taken after her years in prison, but his book tells the real story. Blanco said,

“People see the mug shots and just go from that. But when you read my book, you’ll see that my mother was called the porcelain doll in her youth.”

Michael wants people to understand that his mother was not just a dr*g addict. Despite spending over two decades in jail, she remained a star and queen in his eyes.


His critique adds to the ongoing controversy over the show’s accuracy. It prompted discussions about filmmakers’ responsibilities when depicting real-life figures.


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