Nearly two decades since she was acquitted for her involvement in Sergio Andrade’s alleged sex ring of minors in Mexico, Gloria Trevi is facing those allegations again in a civil lawsuit, but this time in Los Angeles, CA. The new complaint that surfaced yesterday (Jan. 4) against Trevi and Andrade revisits claims that the Mexican pop star groomed and exploited young women for Andrade. Trevi seemingly responded to the lawsuit in a post on Instagram last night.
In the ‘90s, Trevi and Andrade were accused of exploiting and abusing minors in an alleged cult-like sex ring. In 2000, the two were arrested with backup singer María Raquenel Portillo for charges brought forth by Karina Yapor. Yapor claimed that she was one of the girls lured into the sex ring and was sexually taken advantage of by Andrade.
Trevi served four years in pre-trial detention in Chihuahua. She was eventually acquitted when a judge ruled that there was insufficient evidence to support the rape, kidnapping, and corruption of minors charges against her in Mexico. Trevi resumed her successful music career with the album Cómo Nace El Universo in 2004.
Rolling Stone revealed that on Dec. 30, two Jane Does filed a 30-page lawsuit against Trevi and Andrade. Trevi and Andrade are not named in the suit, but are listed as “Jane Doe defendants.” With descriptions of Trevi as a “famous and popular pop star, and one of the most highly compensated female artists in Latin America,” and Andrade as “one of the most successful music producers in Mexico,” it’s clear that they’re the “Jane Doe defendants.”
In the lawsuit, the two Jane Does claim they were 13 and 15 years old when Trevi approached them and lured them into a sham music training by Andrade with the promise of turning them into stars. The victims alleged that Trevi groomed them to become sex slaves to Andrade, with much of their abuse taking place in L.A. county. The two Jane Does are described in the lawsuit as “survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual battery, assault, molestation, and abuse.”
The lawsuit by the two Jane Does made the cutoff for California’s Child Victims Act, which temporarily suspended the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse claims for three years. Their filing calls for a trial by jury to litigate the claims and determine the amount of damages.
Last night, Trevi appeared to respond to the news of the lawsuit in a post on Instagram. In a video where she talked about her upcoming La Isla Divina Tour concerts in Mexico, she also shared a hopeful message. The caption in her post read: “Each blow has made me stronger and more human. Everything that’s coming excites me. I feel that those who don’t know me are finally going to get to know me and in the end everyone will love me.”