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Revealed: The Legal Letter That Triggered Netflix's Standoff With the Escobars

• http://www.thedailybeast.com, TOM SYKES

In the hit Netflix series Narcos, which tells the story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, viewers have repeatedly witnessed the violent ends that unfortunate victims meet when the kingpins of the Medellin cartel feel they are depriving them of a slice of the action.

Now, in what many observers will see as an entirely predictable case of life imitating art, the Escobar family is demanding a billion-dollar payout from Netflix, in an intellectual-property rights dispute.

On Monday, Escobar's 71-year-old surviving brother, Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, issued a chilling threat to the makers of the series, advising them to hire "hitmen... as security" on location in Mexico.

Escobar threatened to "close their little show" if the streaming giant failed to provide a $1 billion payment to his company, Escobar Inc., for alleged intellectual-property violations.

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