Tubi Facing Backlash For Featuring North Carolina Woman In Film
Most of us remember the gruesome attack on Charlotte, North Carolina’s Shanquella Robinson. She was the 25-year-old woman seen on video savagely beaten by friends while on a trip to Mexico last year. Since then, her family has been fighting for justice. Now, they have a new fight — with a streaming platform.
According to REVOLT, the lawyer for Robinson’s family has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the crime drama, “Street Legal.” It’s accused of using Robinson’s death in a recent episode.
Family attorney Sue-Ann Robinson crafted the letter. REVOLT reports it states, “We must express our profound dismay at the distressing misrepresentation and unauthorized use of Shanquella’s identity and the events surrounding her tragic passing.”
The series airs on the video streaming app Tubi. Robinson feel they went too far with season 2 episode 2 of the show titled “Frenemies.” Robinson believes the episode was too close for comfort and wrote it infringed on Shanquella Robinson and her family’s legal rights. She says it’s causing the family increased emotional distress by forcing them to relive the tragedy. She adds on top of that, the episode is “inaccurate, disrespectful, and damaging to the reputation.”
So, what does the family want? Their attorney demands that Tubi and others remove the episode and Robinson’s likeness from their platforms. They also want a public apology and compensation to the family.
What happened to Shanquella?
It was last October that Robinson fly with six friends to Mexico. They were all college friends —four women and two men. The group was staying in a tourist property they rented in Cabo, more than 1,000 miles south of San Diego.
During the trip, Robinson was found unconscious in her room. Friends would later tell Robinson’s family she had died of alcohol poisoning. Not long after, a viral video on social media surfaced. It showed one of the friends attacking her. To date, it’s still not clear when the video was taken or if Robinson’s injuries during her attack are what led to her death.
Who will be charged?
And back in April, U.S. prosecutors stated they would not be any charges in Robinson’s death, citing insufficient evidence to pursue a federal criminal case.
Meanwhile, Mexican authorities have issued a warrant for a suspect and requested an extradition of that person to face charges there. Mexican officials conducted an autopsy and said Robinson died from severe injuries to her spinal cord and neck. However, an autopsy in the United States found a significant discrepancy with the Mexican autopsy.