Singer Trevi Held in Sex Scandal
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ One of Latin America’s most famous performers was arrested Thursday in an international sex scandal sparked by accusations that the singer helped her agent seduce a teen-age girl.
Gloria Trevi, agent Sergio Andrade and another entertainer, Maria Raquenel Portillo, were arrested in Rio de Janeiro under an extradition request presented by the Mexican Embassy in Brazil, according to the Mexican federal Attorney General’s office.
Brazilian police said the three were picked up Thursday morning in their rented apartment in Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach district.
They are accused of corrupting 17-year-old Karina Yapor, who was supposedly training to be an entertainer with Andrade. Yapor, who was under Andrade’s care since the age of 12, abandoned a child in Spain in 1998.
The three were questioned by police for five hours and denied the charges, said police spokeswoman Luciene Silva. They will be held in custody while the Brazilian government studies an extradition request by Mexico.
There is no extradition treaty between the Brazil and Mexico, and similar requests in the past have taken months.
Yapor’s family accused Trevi and others of helping lure Yapor and other girls into Andrade’s care and helping him seduce them.
Andrade has not been seen publicly for several years, and Trevi _ whose full name is Gloria de los Angeles Trevino Ruiz _ dropped out of sight about a year ago.
Silva said the three entered Brazil through Sao Paulo in December 1998, and all had 90-day tourist visas issued under their real names.
The three renewed their visas for an additional 90 days but remained in Brazil after the visas expired, she said. Using different names, they allegedly moved among various coastal cities, never staying in one place for more than three months.
Acting on an Interpol request, Brazilian police tracked the three down late last year. Brazil’s Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant Wednesday.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Trevi had a string of hits in Mexico and across Latin America and a sexually flamboyant, politically rebellious image that enchanted teens and fascinated Mexican intellectuals.
State prosecutors in the northern border state of Chihuahua have filed charges of kidnapping and rape against Trevi, Andrade, and other associates.
The Mexican Attorney General’s Office said the arrest warrant was based on charges filed against the three in Chihuahua, where Yapor’s family lives. Interpol investigations showed the group also had traveled to Argentina and Uruguay.
Yapor, now 17, appeared unexpectedly in Mexico City last month, defending Andrade against claims he had mistreated her or was the father of her child.