The estate of the late Celia Cruz, represented by New York-based Medina Law Firm, has filed a suit against the Telemundo Network and Image Entertainment alleging the network didn’t pay the agreed-upon revenues to Cruz’ estate stemming from a television special of the singer filmed months before she died.

The tribute concert, filmed live in 2003, featured Cruz and several other top Latin acts. According to the suit, Cruz’ appearance would be considered a work for hire. But the suit alleges that contractually, Telemundo had also agreed to pay a donation to Cruz’ charity and that Cruz would be compensated for “any revenue from any ancillary source related to the Tribute, including later post-production and distribution.”

The suit, filed Jan. 19 in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, states that a DVD of the special, produced by Image Entertainment and made available for sale and rental the following year, resulted in profits exceeding $1 million. However, the suit alleges Cruz’ estate hasn’t received any revenues derived from the exploitation of the DVD.

The suit doesn’t specify an amount of damages or royalty fees the estate is seeking.

Telemundo issued a statement that read: "Telemundo has the highest regard for Celia Cruz herself and her legacy and has a long history of working together with her and her representatives. However we dispute the claims in this particular lawsuit which are completely baseless."

Citing pending litigation, a spokesman for Chatsworth, Calif.-based Image Entertainment had no comment.

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