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Songwriter Sues Emilio Estefan

July 4, 2001

MIAMI (AP) _ A Colombian songwriter who produced songs for pop singer Gloria Estefan is suing her husband, music producer Emilio Estefan Jr., for failing to promote his career and withholding royalties.

Kike Santander, who won a Latin Grammy for ``Mi Verdad″ last year, filed a complaint Tuesday asking a judge to let him out of his contract with Emilio Estefan. He also seeks unspecified damages and restitution.

Santander produced or co-produced albums such as Gloria Estefan’s ``Abriendo Puertas,″ Alejandro Fernandez’s ``Me Estoy Enamorando″ and tracks from Thalia’s ``Amor A La Mexicana″ and Gloria Estefan’s ``Destiny,″ according to the lawsuit.

Frank Amadeo, president of Estefan Enterprises, called the lawsuit ``a transparent attempt to strong-arm the Estefans into releasing Mr. Santander from his contractual and financial obligations.″

``We are disheartened that Mr. Santander has chosen this course of action despite all of the assistance the Estefans have provided him with his career,″ Amadeo said.

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