Shanquella Robinson’s family sent a cease & desist to Dennis L Reed II, the creator of the Tubi series, “Street Legal” which aired the episode “Frenemies.”
The family believes “Frenemies” is loosely based on Shanquella’s tragic death while on vacation with six friends in Mexico last year.
The family says the episode illegally uses her name and likeness without authorization and they are working with civil rights attorney Ben Crump and his partner Sue Ann Robinson (no relation to Shanquella).
Shanquella, 25, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was brutally beaten in a rental villa in San Jose del Cabo on October 29, 2022.
Her friends initially claimed she died of alcohol poisoning. But a viral cell phone video showed Shanquella was viciously assaulted by one of the women in her travel group.
An autopsy report listed the cause of death as “severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation” with no mention of alcohol poisoning.
Following public uproar in America, the Mexican government investigated Shanquella’s death as a “femicide”. The investigation was later dropped and no charges were filed.
In April, federal prosecutors in the U.S. announced they would not bring charges against anyone for her murder.
In a statement, federal prosecutors said, “Based on the results of the autopsy and after a careful deliberation and review of the investigative materials by both U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, federal prosecutors informed Ms. Robinson’s family today that the available evidence does not support a federal prosecution.”
Shanquella Robinson’s story has been exploited on Tubi and it’s a disrespectful disgrace. Look at how they did her story and got NO permission from the family. The family also refutes Tubi’s portrayal of Shanquella for the following reasons:
1. Unauthorized use of her name,… pic.twitter.com/58iFTScu3D
— thong song enthusiast. (@thePLAINESTjane) September 16, 2023