Cuban woman says soccer star Maradona raped her as teenager, ‘stole my childhood’

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BUENOS AIRES, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Mavys Alvarez, a Cuban woman who had a relationship with late soccer star Diego Maradona twenty years in the past, advised a news convention on Monday that the Argentine participant had raped her when she was a teen and “stolen her childhood.”

Alvarez, now 37, gave testimony final week to an Argentine Ministry of Justice court docket that’s investigating her allegations of trafficking in opposition to Maradona’s former entourage, linked to occasions when she was 16.

Maradona, extensively thought-about one of many biggest ever soccer stars, died a yr in the past on Nov. 25, 2020.

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The grievance pertains to a journey Alvarez took to Argentina with Maradona in 2001, when he was round 40 and he or she was 16.

Alvarez mentioned that she first met the soccer star shortly earlier than the journey, when he was in Cuba to endure drug dependancy remedy.

At a news convention in Buenos Aires, Alvarez mentioned Maradona had raped her within the clinic in Havana the place he was staying, whereas her mom was within the subsequent room.

“He covers my mouth, he rapes me, I don’t want to think about it too much,” Alvarez mentioned.

“I stopped being a girl, all my innocence was stolen from me. It’s hard. You stop living the innocent things that a girl of that age has to experience.”

Matias Morla, Maradona’s lawyer earlier than his demise, didn’t reply to a request for remark. Reuters couldn’t determine different authorized representatives for Maradona within the case.

Alvarez has beforehand described the connection in media interviews as consensual, but additionally mentioned that Maradona had not less than on one event pressured himself upon her.

She mentioned that her household had solely allowed a relationship with the star to occur, regardless of the big age hole, due to Maradona’s friendship with the late Cuban President Fidel Castro.

“My family would never have accepted it if the Cuban government had not been involved,” she mentioned. “They were forced in another way to accept a relationship that was not good for them, or for anyone.”

Cuba’s authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Alvarez mentioned she had filed the grievance “in order to help all women, all victims of trafficking, of crime,” she mentioned. “To be able to help them in whatever way I can. That’s my idea.”

She mentioned it was onerous to be again in Argentina, the place Maradona stays a hero to many.

“It’s hard to be in his country, to see that he is everywhere, he is an idol and at the same time everything I remember about him as a person feels ugly,” she mentioned.

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Reporting by Ramiro Scandalo; Editing by Adam Jourdan and Rosalba O’Brien

Cuban Mavys Alvarez, who testified against soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona in a case for alleged human trafficking, holds a picture of her sitting next to Maradona, his former agent Guillermo Coppola and an unidentified woman, after a news conference with foreign media, in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian   NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Cuban Mavys Alvarez, who testified against soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona in a case for alleged human trafficking, holds a picture of her sitting next to Maradona, his former agent Guillermo Coppola and an unidentified woman, after a news conference with foreign media, in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian   NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Cuban Mavys Alvarez, who testified against soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona in a case for alleged human trafficking, shows a picture of her sitting next to Maradona, his former agent Guillermo Coppola and an unidentified woman, after a news conference with foreign media, in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian  NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

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