Spanish Drug Smuggler Sues Netflix

Spanish Drug Smuggler Sues Netflix

Alejandra Martinez
2 min read

Netflix Sued Over "Cocaine Coast" for Privacy Violation

A legal battle between a 78-year-old Spanish drug smuggler, Laureano Oubiña, and Netflix has resulted in the removal of a sex scene from the series "Cocaine Coast." Oubiña filed a lawsuit seeking 1.5 million euros in damages, citing moral harm and negative portrayal. The court ruled in favor of Oubiña, ordering Netflix to pay 15,000 euros for privacy violation and deeming the explicit sex scene unnecessary for the plot. The series' depiction of Oubiña as violent and unfaithful impacted his life, according to his lawyer, Jorge Paladino. While some of Oubiña's complaints were dismissed, this ruling could be contested, as Netflix encounters similar legal challenges involving real-life events. "Cocaine Coast" is currently unavailable in the US.

Key Takeaways

  • Netflix required to remove explicit sex scene from "Cocaine Coast" due to privacy violation.
  • Award of 15,000 euros to Spanish drug smuggler for the moral damage caused by the series' depiction.
  • Court deemed the sex scene unnecessary and designed to capture viewers' attention.
  • Netflix faces multiple legal actions related to dramatizations of real-life events.
  • "Cocaine Coast" series currently inaccessible in the US.


The ruling against Netflix sets a global precedent for content creators, highlighting the importance of accurate portrayal and consent. In the short term, Netflix will grapple with legal expenses and content adjustments; in the long term, this case could reshape the portrayal of real-life figures in the media. Financially, there may be implications such as increased production costs for securing consent clearances. Spain's entertainment industry could tighten regulations, influencing international collaborations. Investors in streaming services should watch for evolving legal standards impacting content liability.

Did You Know?

  • Laureano Oubiña: Oubiña, a former Spanish drug smuggler, gained notoriety for his involvement in the cocaine trade in the 1970s and 1980s. His lawsuit against Netflix raises questions about privacy rights and the portrayal of individuals in dramatized series involving real-life criminal figures.
  • "Cocaine Coast": A Spanish television series depicting the rise of the Galician drug trafficking network in the 1980s, based on real events and individuals, including Laureano Oubiña. The controversy surrounding the removal of a sex scene due to Oubiña's lawsuit reflects the challenges faced by media companies when adapting real-life stories for entertainment.
  • Privacy Violation in Media Portrayals: This term concerns the legal and ethical issues arising when media content depicts real individuals without their consent or in a harmful manner. Oubiña's case underscores the ongoing debate about balancing artistic freedom and individual privacy protection in media productions.

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