Relatives of star’s entourage obtain $70 million judgment


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The families of four members of Jenni Rivera’s entourage who were killed along with the Mexican-American superstar in a 2012 plane crash are entitled to $70 million, a judge has ruled.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Kendig entered a default judgment on Tuesday against Starwood Management Inc., the owners of a Learjet that crashed in northern Mexico in December 2012. The judgment was entered because the plane’s owners, Starwood Management Inc., abandoned their defense in the case and no longer have an attorney representing them.

The judgment was entered on behalf of Rivera’s publicist, makeup artist, hairstylist and attorney. Their attorney, Paul R. Kiesel, said the next step will be getting Starwood to pay the judgment.

Rivera, 43, was known as the “Diva de la Banda” and died as her career was peaking. She was perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated Mexico regional style, and had moved into acting and reality television.

Rivera sold more than 15 million records over her career.

A case by Rivera’s estate against Starwood and other companies over the crash remains pending.

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