Mexico’s adored pop singer Gloria Trevi has once again been accused of “manipulating” and exploiting young girls in the early 1990s for the benefit of her former producer Sergio Andrade.
The two Jane Does who have accused the artists claim that their “position, influence, and authority” was used to coerce them into inappropriate sexual contact when they were just 13 and 15 years old.
This scandal sheds light on predatory behavior that is all too common in both Mexico and worldwide, and it emphasizes how crucial it is to take seriously any abuse allegations against influential figures.
With much of the abuse allegedly taking place in Los Angeles County, it remains to be seen whether Trevi and Andrade will face legal consequences for their alleged actions.
What does the lawsuit say?
The damning lawsuit shines a spotlight on the true extent of trauma sustained in the case of these two Jane Does, who are described as “victims of childhood sexual abuse, sexual battery, assault, molestation, and mistreatment.”
As fervently noted in the filing, this torment has caused irreparable damage: “significant emotional distress, anxiety, nervousness, anger, and fear.” According to the 30-page complaint — filed on Dec 30 in Los Angeles and viewed by Variety.
The defendants remain unnamed; however, it is painfully clear who is implicated due to its matching timeline with tours and album releases. It remains to be seen how this will play out both legally and culturally for all parties involved.
In the wake of California’s Child Victims Act, which temporarily suspended statutes of limitations for childhood sexual abuse claims, a recent filing related to Mexican singing group, Trevi, and singer/songwriter Gustavo Andrade narrowly met the deadline.
Trevi and Andrade have been accused of corrupting and abusing minors as far back as the 1990s. In 2000, their arrest was based on charges from former vocalist Karina Yapor who claimed forcible sexual relations with Andrade.
At this time, representatives for Trevi did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comments.
In 2004, after four years of incarceration in a Chihuahua prison, Mexican-born music sensation Thalia Trevi was acquitted of all charges.
This allowed her to continue with her intense and longstanding career as one of the most celebrated artists in Latin American culture.
Years later, in 2018, she emotionally addressed the abuse and manipulation she had encountered as a result of her unfortunate experience.
In an inspiring speech at the Latin American Music Awards that same year, Trevi revealed that it started when she was just 15 due to an out-of-sight perpetrator whom she did not specify by name.
Now facing a complaint that calls for a trial by jury and damages with the amount decided at trial, Trevi’s upcoming three shows in Mexico City this month are sure to be filled with moments of poignancy, humor, and passion as have been customary at each of her live performances.