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Gloria Trevi briefly held in Chile on old sex scandal charges

September 10, 2012|By Reed Johnson
  • Gloria Trevi, in a 2005 performance at Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.
Gloria Trevi, in a 2005 performance at Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times )

Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi was exonerated years ago on charges that she and her then-manager had kidnapped and abused young girls. But it seems that the Chilean police never got the message that a judge cleared Trevi of the charges in 2004, due to lack of evidence, after the singer served several years in prison.

According to the Mexico City newspaper El Universal, Trevi was detained for two hours at the international airport in Santiago, Chile, on an order calling for her apprehension by the Interpol law enforcement agency. The newspaper did not specify when the incident occurred.

El Universal further reported that the government of Trevi's native Mexican state of Nuevo León had sent documents (presumably to the Chilean constabulary) to establish that Trevi should be set free.

The Interpol order, dating to 2002, was merely a decade out of date. Trevi and her then-manager, Sergio Andrade, were arrested in Brazil in January 2000 at an apartment in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.

According to a Reuters report at that time, "Interpol had been trying for several months to track down Trevi and Andrade, who were believed to be on the run together in Latin America.... The two disappeared after allegations surfaced in early 1999 that Trevi had exploited young girls sent by their parents into the pop star's care in hopes of making it big in show business. Families of victims later told reporters that the girls were pressured into having sex with Andrade."

According to El Universal, the singer was visiting Chile to promote her latest recording materials and to make arrangements related to her role as a juror in the "Festival de la Canción Viña del Mar" in the Chilean resort city.

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