Earlier light singer Angelo Garcia claimed he was “raped a series of times” during his stint with the boy band.
The singer – who was just 11 when he joined the Latin group in 1988 – claimed that “predators” were taking advantage of him and that he was sexually assaulted multiple times during his two years with the band.
He said: “During my time in Menudo, I was raped a number of times, and that was the way predators took advantage of me.”
Angelo went into detail about an alleged sexual assault, which he says took place in his hotel room after being given alcohol from an unknown man.
According to the New York Post newspaper, in the upcoming HBO Max documentary series “Menudo: Forever Young,” he said, “All I remember was passing out. When I woke up I was naked and bleeding so I knew I had been penetrated.
“I had these burn marks on my face from the carpet… I was very confused and didn’t understand.”
Other members of the group — which included 32 different members, including Ricky Martin, during their first 20-year tenure — also claimed to have been victims of sexual abuse, harassment, oppressive working conditions and drug scandals while working under Svengali Edgardo. Diaz, who was described as “their manager, producer and surrogate father”.
Ray Acevedo, who was a member of the group from 1985 to 1988: “We were pawns of his company.”
Ray remembered ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ hitmaker Ricky as the group’s ‘golden kid’ from the moment he joined in 1984.
But the singer – who was not interviewed for the four-part series – could reportedly be “cruel” to the other members.
Sergio Blass – who was evicted along with Ruben Gomez in 1990 after they were arrested for marijuana possession – said: “Being with Ricky was brutal because he had seniority over me. So if someone knocked on the door, I had to open it. When the phone rang, I had to pick it up. I was like his housewife.”
Sergio also recalled how the band “went into a panic” when they were exposed to drugs by those around him.
He said: “We were in Colombia once. I’m with Ruben and we’re going to the hotel. We enter our room. Suddenly a random guy comes in… And he takes out what must have been about a kilo of cocaine… So we panicked, because we didn’t know this person… But the guy was actually one of the producers and promoters.”
Edgardo did not respond to requests for comment on the documentary’s allegations, but has always denied any abuse or misconduct in his management of the group.