Sooner than Ricky Martin was “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” members of his former boy-band Menudo — one in every of many biggest Latin groups of all time — have been residing a nightmare.
In a model new documentary, Angelo Garcia — who joined Menudo after he had merely turned 11 — acknowledged he was raped all through his 1988-90 stint with the quintet. He particulars the sexual assault — which he acknowledged occurred in his resort room after he was given alcohol by an undisclosed man — in “Menudo: Perpetually Younger,” a four-part docuseries that premieres on HBO Max Thursday.
“All I keep in mind was that I, like, handed out. After I wakened, I was naked and I was bleeding, so I knew that I had been penetrated,” Garcia acknowledged throughout the documentary. “I had, like, these burn marks on my face from the rug … I was very confused and I didn’t understand.”
That wasn’t the one time Garcia acknowledged he was molested all through his tenure with the group. “All through my time in Menudo, I was raped a sequence of cases, and that was one of the best ways that predators would reap the advantages of me,” he acknowledged throughout the documentary.
Totally different members of Menudo — which featured 32 completely totally different boys all through its preliminary, 20-year run — moreover claimed they endured sexual abuse, along with bullying, drug scandals and oppressive working circumstances in “Ceaselessly Youthful.” Such negligence and exploitation, they acknowledged, occurred whereas they labored for the boy band’s mastermind, Edgardo Díaz, who’s described as “their supervisor, producer and father surrogate.” (Díaz, who didn’t reply to requests for an interview or contact upon the allegations throughout the documentary, has always denied any abuse and any wrongdoing in his administration of the group.)
“We have now been pawns of his enterprise,” acknowledged Ray Acevedo, who was in Menudo from 1985 to 1988.
“Ceaselessly Youthful” recounts how Díaz’s brainchild, Menudo, was born in Puerto Rico in 1977. Díaz adopted a “Fountain of Youth approach” for the group, the place members would get changed as quickly as they turned 16. Mom and father of the boys — numerous them poor — would sign over numerous their parental authority to the supervisor.
After first exploding in Venezuela and occurring to set off “Spanish Beatlemania” throughout the US, Menudo found its most well-known member, Martin, in 1984. “Ricky, from the beginning, was similar to the golden youngster,” says Acevedo.
Nonetheless Martin — who simply isn’t interviewed throughout the documentary — didn’t make life very easy for various members, in response to Sergio Blass, who was in Menudo from 1986 to 1990.
“To be with Ricky was brutal because of he had seniority over me,” Blass acknowledged. “So if anyone knocked on the door, I wanted to open it. If the phone rang, I wanted to decide on it up. I was like his housewife.” (Representatives for Martin didn’t reply to The Submit’s request for comment.)
Actually, there was a great deal of bullying in Menudo — Acevedo even recalled being held over a balcony by one different member — and hazing of latest guys. With out getting appropriate supervision and even security, the boys have been moreover uncovered to treatment, along with marijuana and cocaine.