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TV Azteca bans Lucero from airwaves

Celeb not remorseful over bodyguard's illegal firearm

MEXICO CITY — TV Azteca, Mexico’s second largest broadcaster, has banned singer and actress Lucero from all its programming after an incident in which her bodyguard brandished a gun at the press.

The incident happened Aug. 14 in a Mexico City theater after a presentation of the musical “Regina: a Musical for a Nation that’s Waking Up,” in which Lucero is starring.

The bodyguard, Fernando Guzman Lopez, was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm. But in a press conference the following day, Lucero, the star of five telenovelas over two decades, was unrepentant.

“I don’t have to ask forgiveness from anybody,” the singer said. “What (the bodyguard) did was to use the tool appropriate to his job, like (the press) with a camera.”

Lucero is currently acting in a biopic about Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata that stars singer Alejandro Fernandez. Her latest album, “Mi Destino,” put out by Sony Music, has sold poorly and Sony declined to renew its contract with the singer.

She has starred in five telenovelas on rival Televisa, most recently “Mi Destino Eres Tu,” but never on any Azteca soaps.

The Lucero blackout will remain in place indefinitely, according to Azteca spokesman Daniel McCosh. “It’s not that we’re out to get her, but the idea is that as a public figure, she has some responsibility,” McCosh said.