Chilling details of abuse suffered by Menudo members ‘after bandmate raped

THE former members of sensational boyband Menudo have shared chilling details of abuse after bandmate Angelo Garcia claimed he was “被强奸” in a hotel at 11 岁.

Garcia said that he suffered multiple instances of sexual abuse while others claimed they experienced bullying and premature exposure to drugs in a new documentary.

Menudo members have revealed the dark history of the band in a documentary

Menudo members have revealed the dark history of the band in a documentary信用: 盖蒂
Former Menudo member Angelo Garcia claimed that he was sexually assaulted while in the boyband

Former Menudo member Angelo Garcia claimed that he was sexually assaulted while in the boyband信用: 盖蒂图片社 – 盖蒂
Sergio Blass, another former member, said that boys were prematurely exposed to drugs

Sergio Blass, another former member, said that boys were prematurely exposed to drugs信用: blassoficial/Instagram
Described as the 'Golden Boy' member, Ricky Martin did not appear in the documentary

Described as the ‘Golden Boymember, Ricky Martin did not appear in the documentary信用: 盖蒂 – 贡献者

The HBO Max docu-series titled Menudo: Forever Young analyzes the successful boyband that was started by mastermind Edgardo Diaz in 1977 in Puerto Rico.

While the band sold millions of records with its catchy Latin American-inspired music and fresh-faced members, former bandmates are saying the dark environment was no place for children.

Diaz, who was described as the band’s “经理, producer and father surrogate,” tracked down young talent from oftentimes poor families who surrendered a significant amount of parental authority.

Angelo Garcia, 谁是 11 years old when he joined Menudo in 1988, said that he suffered multiple instances of sexual assault during his brief tenure.

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Garcia said members were often exposed to alcohol and drugs, including one instance where he claimed an unnamed man got him drunk in a hotel room.

All I remember was that I, 喜欢, passed out,” Garcia said in the documentary, 根据 纽约邮报.

When I woke up, I was naked and I was bleeding, so I knew that I had been penetrated.

“我有, 喜欢, these burn marks on my face from the rugI was very confused, and I didn’t understand.

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NETFLIX 的新系列, Garcia claimed that this was one of many times he was taken advantage of.

Members were constantly cycled through the group due to Diaz’sFountain of Youth strategywhich usually meant that once a boy reached 16 he was kicked out of the group.

Ray Acevado, a former member, said that bullying andhazingnew members were a part of the culture.

在一个点上, Acevado claimed that he was held over a balcony by an unnamed member in an act of bullying.

Former member Sergio Blass and another member Rubén Gómez said boys were also exposed to drugs without supervision.

One time we were in Colombia,” Blass said.

I’m with Rubén, and we’re getting to the hotel.

We enter our room. All of a sudden, this random buy comes in, and he pulls out what must have been about a kilo of cocaine.

So we freaked out because we didn’t know this person, but the guy was actually one of the producers and promoters.

Menudo’s star member, Ricky Martin, 加入 1984.

“瑞奇, from the beginning, was like the golden kid,” said former member Ray Acevedo.

While Martin’s star talent brought huge success to Edgardo Diaz, other members claimed it changed how they were treated.

To be with Ricky was brutal because he had seniority over me,” said Blass who was in Menudo from 1986 到 1990.

So if someone knocked on the door, I had to open it.

If the phone rang, I had to pick it up. I was like his housewife.

Martin did not appear in the documentary which premieres Thursday.

While Blass and Gómez were kicked out of Menudo in 1990 for marijuana possession, the band continued to barrel on until Diaz sold the rights in 1997.

The band officially broke up five years later in 2002.

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Edgardo Diaz did not appear in the documentary and always denied any allegations of abuse.

The US Sun reached out to Ricky Martin’s team, but they did not immediately respond for comment.

Many former Menudo members claimed the working conditions were abusive

Many former Menudo members claimed the working conditions were abusive信用: 盖蒂
Ricky Martin (far right) with other Menudo members in the 1980s

Ricky Martin (far right) with other Menudo members in the 1980s信用: 盖蒂
Former Menudo members attending the premiere of the documentary

Former Menudo members attending the premiere of the documentary信用: 雷克斯