- Title: Luis Miguel biographer blames poor legal advice for Mexican singer's US arrest
- Date: 3rd May 2017
- Summary: CUERNAVACA, MORELOS, MEXICO (MAY 02, 2017) (REUTERS) WRITER OF UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY OF LUIS MIGUEL, CLAUDIA DE ICAZA, SITTING IN HER LIVING ROOM DURING REUTERS INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) WRITER OF UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY OF LUIS MIGUEL, CLAUDIA DE ICAZA, SAYING: "It appears that in some hours Luis Miguel will be out on bond and he will be free as the trial continues, that is what the media is saying. But it is very hurtful to put Luis Miguel in (jail). I think that for this to happen-- whether it was due to negligence from lawyers-- for an artist of Luis Miguel's stature to get to this point is stupid. I don't think it is useful in any way."
- Embargoed: 17th May 2017 01:24
- Keywords: Los Angeles arrest fans Luis Miguel Mexico singer
- Location: MEXICO CITY, CUERNAVACA, MORELOS, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY, CUERNAVACA, MORELOS, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime,Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA0026F5DJCZ
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- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS 4:3
The biographer for Mexican singer Luis Miguel weighed in on the singer's flailing career on Tuesday (May 02), after he surrendered to U.S. marshals in a case where he is suspected of failing to pay more than $1 million to his former manager.
The Grammy Award-winning singer, whose full name is Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri, appeared at federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The arrest warrant had been issued for failure to appear at court hearings in the case, the U.S. Marshals Service in Los Angeles reported.
The singer was ordered by a U.S. judge in New York to pay the money to the former manager, William Brockhaus, and the case was later transferred to federal court in California. Miguel has since been released on bond.
Claudia de Icaza wrote an unauthorised biography on Luis Miguel called "El Gran Solitario", or "The Great Loner" in English.
Although Miguel has been linked to high-profile celebrities like Mariah Carey, the Mexican singer has kept his personal life fiercely private.
Icaza told Reuters that Miguel's brush with the law was due to negligence from his legal team.
Miguel, known as "El Sol de Mexico" or Mexico's Sun, rose to fame with hits such as "La Incondicional" (The Unconditional) and a Spanish cover of 1978 hit "Blame it on the Boogie," gathering legions of fans.
But from the height of his fame in the late 70s and 80s, Miguel's chart success has since dried up. His last Billboard success was his "Complices" album in 2008.
Although his annual concert at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace continues to draw thousands, Icaza believes Miguel needs to make a comeback.
Critics have often accused him of being repetitive and lacking innovation, too dependent on his back catalogue in concerts.
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