February 22, 2002
Arrest: Enemy at the Estefans's Gate
STEPHEN M. SILVERMAN
Juan Carlos Diaz, a Venezuelan actor who has publicly accused Emilio Estefan -- the music mogul husband of Gloria Estefan, 44 -- of making an unwanted sexual advance toward him, was arrested Thursday on a charge that on Jan. 7 he invaded the Estefans's property in Miami Beach, reports Reuters. The warrant was issued from the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office, and the arrest was made not long after prominent Miami attorney Ellis Rubin withdrew as Diaz's representative in the actor's sexual harassment case against Estefan. 'I think he'd better get himself a good lawyer,' Rubin told the news service after his former client was arrested. 'I'm no longer his lawyer, thank God.' The charge against Diaz, 33, stems from an incident in which he allegedly got onto the couple's exclusive Star Island property after claiming he was Emilio Estefan's nephew. For several weeks now, the couple and Diaz have been pitted against each other since Diaz sought a court petition for a restraining order against Estefan, claiming that the Grammy-winning producer touched him inappropriately and demanded sexual favors. Diaz's request for the restraining order was denied. Estefan, 48, who has denied the allegations, then filed a counter-request for a restraining order against Diaz. Estefan's request was granted. On Jan. 31, he filed a $1 million defamation suit against Diaz. The actor, who appeared in the 2000 film 'Escape from Cuba,' explained to Reuters on Thursday why he and his attorney parted ways. 'He wanted to get a settlement,' Diaz said. 'I'm not selling my silence.'
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