Drugs, rapes and terror are behind successful music groups

Drugs, rapes and terror are behind successful music groups

Former members of Ricky Martin’s boy band Menudo speak of the horrific abuse they say they were subjected to by their manager, claiming they were drugged and exposed to “predators” who “raped” them numerous times.

Menudo was founded in Miami, Florida by Edgardo Diaz in 1977 and went on to become one of the biggest boy bands on the planet, selling over 20 million records worldwide and taking over many countries in Latin America throughout the 80s and 90s. -e with their catchy hits.

However, while performing in a successful group, many of its members have now admitted to secretly living in a nightmare of facing sexual harassment and physical abuse behind closed doors.

An all-new four-part HBO documentary about the group, titled Menudo: Forever Young, premiered on June 23, shed light on the alleged violence.

In the document, former member Angelo Garcia, who joined the group in 1988 when he was only 11 years old and left after two years, claimed that he was “raped several times” by “predators” during his time with the group.

He said the first time it happened was in his hotel room with an unidentified man who gave the then 11-year-old teenager alcohol until he “passed out.”

“When I woke up, I was naked and bleeding, so I knew I had been penetrated,” Garcia said in a documentary for the New York Post.

Other members of the group also claimed in the documentary that they experienced sexual abuse during their time at Menudo, as well as drug use, negligence, exploitation, and bullying by other members—all under the scrutiny of Diaz.

Many guys who used to be in the group claimed that they often had no supervision or protection, and they were exposed to drugs such as marijuana and cocaine from various “producers and promoters”.

Andy Blasquez, who was part of Menudo from 1991 to 1997, criticized his former manager in documentation for the “extreme sexualization” he claimed he faced with the group “from the start”.

Over the years, many members of the group have come and gone, and over the years there have been more than 30 different people in the group.

According to the document, Diaz had a “Fountain of Youth” strategy for Menudo, which meant that if any of the members got too old, they would be replaced (often at the age of 16), allowing the group to continue its success and remain profitable for many years.

Perhaps its most famous member was Ricky Martin, who joined the band in 1984 when he was 13 and left after five years.

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