A Cuban lady advised a information convention on Monday that the late Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona raped her when she was a teen 20 years in the past.
Mavys Alvarez, now 37, gave testimony final week to an Argentine courtroom investigating her trafficking allegations in opposition to Maradona’s former entourage linked to occasions when she was 16 years previous.
“I was dazzled, he swept me off my feet by giving me flowers, taking me out for walks and everything was beautiful, he painted this picture. But two months passed, and everything began to change quite a lot. I mean, I loved him but hated him too. I even thought about committing suicide.”
Alvarez has beforehand described the connection in media interviews as consensual, but additionally stated that Maradona had no less than on one event compelled himself upon her.
In Monday’s press convention, Alvarez stated that she first met Maradona when he was handled for drug dependancy in Cuba.
He was round 40 years previous and he or she was 16.
She added Maradona raped her within the clinic in Havana the place he was staying, whereas her mom was within the subsequent room.
Maradona’s lawyer earlier than his dying didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Alvarez stated she needs to forestall what occurred to her from occurring to anybody else.
“I plan to pursue the case to assist all ladies, all victims of trafficking, of crime, for all those that have been caught up in it.”
Alvarez stated it was laborious to be again in Argentina, the place Maradona stays a hero to many.