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Juan Gabriel's son sues Univision, Telemundo for defamation

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/23/2017

MIAMI (AP) — Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel's son is seeking $100 million from Spanish-language broadcasters Univision and Telemundo in a defamation lawsuit filed in a state court in Miami.

The singer's son and daughter-in-law, Ivan and Simona Aguilera, say the networks falsely reported claims that Ivan was responsible for his father's death and that the couple was robbing him of his estate.

Univision said in a statement Tuesday that the allegations lack merit. Telemundo said it is reviewing the complaint.

The lawsuit filed Monday says several defamatory stories were published and broadcast without proper fact-checking after the artist died to boost the networks' ratings and website visits. The Aguileras say their reputation was harmed as they mourned their loss.

Juan Gabriel died last August at age 66 and received two posthumous Latin Grammy Awards in November.

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