Former Menudo singer Roy Rosselló claims he was sexually abused by José Menendez, saying that the daddy of convicted killers Lyle and Erik Menendez – generally referred to as the Menendez Brothers – sexually assaulted him when he was a teen.
Rosselló makes the startling claims in an upcoming three-part docuseries that may start airing on NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock, on Might 2.
The assertion first aired Tuesday, when NBC’s As we speak present outlined among the findings reported by the docuseries’ journalists Robert Rand and Nery Ynclan.
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“I do know what he did to me in his home,” Rosselló is heard saying in a clip from Menendez + Menudo: Boys Betrayed. He alleges that José Menendez, who was an govt at RCA Information on the time, sexually assaulted him when he was a younger member of the favored Eighties boy band.
He claimed the abuse occurred in Menendez’s New Jersey residence when Rosselló was 14 years outdated, and alleges he was drugged earlier than the alleged molestation.
“That’s the person right here that raped me,” Rosselló says within the clip, pointing at what seems to be a photograph of Menendez. “This man. That’s the pedophile.”
Menendez was affiliated with Menudo as a result of he had signed the group to RCA Information.
Within the trailer, one other particular person is seen saying that “José Menendez was obsessive about the band Menudo.” The docuseries then asserts that Rosselló’s claims might need modified issues in the course of the Menendez brothers’ trial for the murders of their dad and mom in 1989.
The Menendez murders
On Aug. 20, 1989, José and Mary Louise (who glided by the identify Kitty) Menendez have been brutally murdered inside their Beverly Hills Mansion.
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The scene was so grotesque that early hypothesis centered on the potential for a mob hit. In accordance with Biography.com, the dad and mom had been rendered practically unidentifiable by 15 rounds from two 12-gauge shotguns.
However quickly the main target shifted to the couple’s sons, who have been 18 and 21-years-old on the time. At first, they maintained to police they’d stopped by their dad and mom’ home the evening of the killings to retrieve Erik’s ID whereas on the best way to a film, and found their slain dad and mom.
Nonetheless, Erik ultimately confided to his therapist that he and his brother have been answerable for the killings and after the therapist shared the data together with his spouse, the confession ultimately made its approach to police.
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Lyle and Erik have been ultimately arrested for the murders and their trial kicked off an period of high-profile, televised felony trials that captured the general public’s creativeness by the ‘90s.
Regardless of defence arguments that José had sexually molested his two sons for years and that they killed their dad and mom out of concern, they have been convicted of first-degree homicide and sentenced to life with out parole. They served the primary a part of their sentences in separate jail, till they have been reunited in 2018 and allowed to serve their sentences in the identical facility.
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In recent times, many have questioned whether or not there might need been a unique consequence for the Menendez brothers in the event that they stood trial in the present day, given society’s modified understanding of sexual abuse and household violence.
The brothers’ prior appeals for a brand new trial have been denied.
Menudo’s earlier allegations
Rosselló beforehand accused Menudo supervisor Edgardo Díaz of sexually abusing him when he was a teen.
In a four-part miniseries for HBO Max, which aired in 2022, different members of the band additionally mentioned they have been bodily, verbally, sexually and psychologically abused as a part of Menudo.
Nobody has ever been criminally charged in reference to the allegations.
Trailer: Regulation & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
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