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Things are heating up at a Puerto Rican court of law with none other than the controversial duo Residente and Visitante Calle 13, who are being sued for $2 million dollars for an alleged breach of contract by their founding manager José Luis Colón.
The plaintiff, who according to Puerto Rican newspaper “El Nuevo Dia” tried to pin down the artists for three consecutive months to no avail, wanted to reach an agreement without the intervention of the judicial system.
“It is sad and a shame to me that I have to do this,” said Colón to the publication. “Calle 13 is a project that I love and one which I always fought for. I felt like we were family.”
Allegedly, Residente Calle 13, formerly known as René Pérez Joglar, called Colón and gave him a knockout of sour news.
“René [told me] that he no longer wanted for me to continue working with them because there were things about me that he just didn’t like,” Colón said. “In the business, things are not that simple and one cannot just say ‘I don’t want you working with me’ ” explains Colón.
Residente, who is currently in his hometown of Puerto Rico spending time with loved ones during the holidays, was supposedly blind sided by news of the lawsuit filed against him and his half brother Eduardo ‘Visitante’ Cabra.
His lawyer, Carlos Dalmau, told the newspaper that Calle 13 found the legal actions brought against them by Colón “very strange” due to the lack of “legal documentation of that nature.”
Despite the allegations, no one can deny the group’s success.
Recently, the entertainers won a Latin Grammy for their album “Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo” in the Best Latin Urban Album category, and they just released a new CD, their fourth studio album, called “Entren Los Que Quieran.” Residente is also featured in Shakira’s new CD “Sale el sol” in the single “Gordita.”
“It’s not right to speculate about this issue or the motivations behind it,” Dalmau said. “If in fact there is a judicial hearing, as soon as we receive the information we will be able to make official, concrete comments.”
To read the full interview in Spanish click here.