Whipping, battery and sexual assault: The new lawsuit against Mexican pop singers Gloria Trevi and Sergio Andrade | United States of America

Mexican pop singer Gloria Trevi is facing a new child abuse civil lawsuit in the US, along with her former partner, producer Sergio Andrade and choreographer. The accusations are not new. In 2014, a Mexican judge acquitted Trevi of rape, kidnapping and corruption of minors. After four years in pre-trial detention, Andrade was found guilty of the same charges, but only ended up serving another year in prison.

The new lawsuit was filed under A 2019 California law That opened a three-year “review period” for child sexual abuse claims that would otherwise have been blocked by the statute of limitations. Plaintiffs can file the lawsuit in the United States, where most of the violations allegedly occurred.

suit, obtained by EL PAÍS, revives allegations that Trevi recruited underage girls to be part of a sex ring. Andrade is accused of raping women, while Trevi and the choreographer are accused of acting with his accomplices.

The suit, which was announced on Wednesday by Rolling Stone magazine, filed December 31, 2022. Although it does not specifically refer to Trevi or Andrade by name, it is clear that they are the defendants based on details including the albums Trevi recorded and the concerts she gave between 1991 and 1993 in the United States . Trevi is described in the 30-page dossier as “a well-known and popular pop star, and one of the most compensated female artists in Latin America”. Andrade is described as “one of the most successful music producers in Mexico” at the time, while the choreographer is said to have supported the two co-defendants in their efforts to acquire “wealth, status and power”.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs — two women identified as Jane Doe — allege that the singer approached them when they were 13 and 15, respectively, and lured them into joining Andrade’s alleged music training program. The program promised to turn students into the next big pop star, but once inside, they were raped, beaten, psychologically abused and cut off from their families, according to the report.

Gloria Trevi performs at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2022.
Gloria Trevi performs at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2022.Theo Wargo (Getty Images)

Jane Doe 1 was 15 years old when she went with her mom and sisters to an event in Mexico City hoping to meet Gloria Trevi. The complaint alleges that Jane Doe was dancing with a group of fans outside Andrade’s office, when Trevi, 23, invited her to an audition on the spot. This is where the 15-year-old first met the producer.

After that meeting, the girl entered the academy. According to the recording, the first months were uneventful, but one day in late 1991 or early 1992, Trevi visited the teen and told her that Andrade was “very upset” because she had befriended one of the musicians in the band and wanted to kick her out of the academy. “I don’t want you to go, you need to talk to him [Andrade]Do whatever is necessary, whatever is asked of you […] Trevi allegedly told her, according to the filing, that I want you to stay. Andrade told Jane Do 1 that “if she wanted to stay on the set, she had to have sex with him,” the suit states. It was the first time that Andrade had allegedly forced Jane Do1 to have sex. He was 36, while she was 16.

What many didn’t know, or chose to ignore, is that good girls are in Andrade’s alleged music training program They were controlled by the Producer, who was turning their lives into a waking nightmare. The lawsuit alleges Andrade subjected Jane Doe 1 and other anonymous dancers, ages 12 to 17, to “lashings, beatings, food deprivation, and forced physical exercise” if they dared to “displease” him. “He beat Jane Doe and other young female dancers with electric wires until their backs were bloody and bruised and the condition of punishment was that they could not scream or move while they were being beaten—the whipping did not end until they were silent and did not move as he delivered the blows,” the suit states.

According to the lawsuit, the abuses occurred in Mexico City and California, during Trevi’s US tours. By the early 1990s, Trevi had become an international star, while Andrade was a powerful figure in both the Mexican and international music scene.

Jane Doe met 2 Andrade and Trevi in ​​1989, when she was 13 years old, and like the other alleged victims, was eager to succeed as a singer. The plaintiff claims she went to an “audition”, after Trevi spotted her outside a radio station in Mexico City. She says she was first asked to sing and dance, but then Trevi told her that “for the next part of the audition, she has to be naked”. Jane Doe 2 refused, but was still invited to join the Academy. Months later, when she entered the alleged training program, the plaintiff claimed Trevi said she could be Andrade’s girlfriend, and that she could be the one who “makes him believe in love again.” The acts of befriending Jane Doe 2 were to prepare her to perform sexual acts with the defendant [Andrade],” the suit states.

When Jane Doe II turned 14, Andrade began sexually abusing her, according to the filing. He was 34 years old at the time. The complaint indicates that the producer has become increasingly controlling the girl and has prevented her from mingling with family and friends. The complaint also alleges that although the girls worked for the producer, they were never paid, meaning they had no money to escape from his clutches.

In 2000, Trevi and Andrade were arrested in Brazil following an international manhunt after a flood of child abuse allegations surfaced. Andrade is portrayed as a violent homosexual with Trevi as his partner. The new civil suit alleges that “[Trevi and Andrade] They used their role, status, and power as a well-known and successful Mexican pop star and famous producer to reach, groom, manipulate, and exploit [the victims] and forced sexual contact with them over the years.”

After being acquitted by a Mexican judge, Trevi launched a successful career resurgence, releasing two groundbreaking albums. She has always maintained her innocence. In the 2018 Latin American Music AwardsTrevi defended herself in an emotional speech. I was not complicit. I was 15, mentally 12, when I met a big producer,” she said from the stage. “He immediately sought out a mirage of love and pretended to be my only chance to reach my dreams,” she said of Andrade. I was 15 when I started living With manipulation, beatings, screaming, abuse and punishment. It was 17 years of humiliation.”

In a 2018 interview with EL PAÍS, Trevi claimed that she was another one of Andrade’s victims, and that she did not blame the defendants who accused her. “I’m not mad at girls who say things about me because I know they suffered. I’ve seen them suffer and I know they’re under a lot of pressure from the media, their families and their community.”

in a message on InstagramTrevi again denied the revived sexual assault allegations. 6. “Being a victim of physical and sexual abuse is one of the worst things that can happen to a person. I say it, and I know it, because I am a survivor. My thoughts go out to anyone, like me, who has been a victim of any kind of abuse.

But I will not remain silent while I am unjustly accused of crimes I did not commit. These false accusations, which were brought against me for the first time in 25 years, have been tried in various courts, and in all cases, have been fully and completely acquitted.” . The accusations were false when they were made and remain false today.”

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