Music mogul Emilio Estefan Jr., the husband of singer Gloria Estefan, sued an aspiring Venezuelan actor yesterday (Jan. 31), accusing him of defamation and abuse of process. The Miami Circuit Court su

Music mogul Emilio Estefan Jr., the husband of singer Gloria Estefan, sued an aspiring Venezuelan actor yesterday (Jan. 31), accusing him of defamation and abuse of process. The Miami Circuit Court suit describes Juan Carlos Diaz as an unwanted trespasser who has harassed the Estefans. Police records show Diaz has twice been issued a trespassing warning, one at the Estefans' mansion and the other at a gym.

Estefan, his wife, and his lawyers said they would have preferred to keep accusations in the courts. He said Diaz's repeated public statements accusing him of making threats and unwanted sexual advances forced them to speak publicly.

A hearing to grant Estefan a permanent restraining order against Diaz has been pushed back to Feb. 21. He already has a temporary restraining order. Diaz's attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

Emilio Estefan received the Person of the Year award from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2000. He has produced hits for his wife, Ricky Martin, Jon Secada, Shakira, and others.


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