Roberto De Jesús Escobar Gaviria, the brother of legendary drug lord Pablo Escobar, has warned that Netflix should change its security protocol after a location scout was fatally shot dead in Mexico last week.
While speaking to Hollywood Reporter, Roberto Escobar said that Netflix should provide professional hitmen for the security of their people. The shooting death of Narcos location manager, Carlos Munoz Portal, has raised many questions about the safety of the cast and crew members of the Netflix hit.
Roberto De Jesús Escobar Gaviria (Source: newsweek)
Portal’s body was found in his car in a remote area near San Bartolo Actopan, Mexico, which is reported to have some of the country’s highest murder rates. His death has reportedly raised concerns over whether production will continue in Mexico or move back to Columbia.
Roberto has called on Netflix to avoid using Mexico and Colombia as shooting locations without the authorization from Escobar Inc., a company he had established in 2014.
Roberto spoke about the safety situation in Colombia and Mexico and said that he doesn’t want Netflix or any other film production company to film any movies in Medellin or Colombia that relate to him or his brother. “It is very dangerous,” he said. “Especially without our blessing. This is my country.”
Roberto Escobar, who was known as the “chief of the hitmen” for the Medellin Cartel, himself had issued a letter in July 2016 to Netflix, demanding $1 billion from the streaming giant for the unauthorized use of content.
“We own all the trademarks to all of our names and also for the Narcos brand,” he said commenting on the $1 billion he had demanded. “If we don’t receive it, we will close their little show.”
Pablo’s character was killed off at the end of the show’s season two, and when Roberto was asked about his brother’s depiction, he said, “I don’t discuss my brother’s death. Some people say he is dead. That is all I know. To me, he is still alive and my brother.”
Roberto Escobar, who was the leading accountant for his brother’s multibillion-dollar Cartel, was arrested in 1993 and was released 10 years later.