A Cuban woman has accused late footballer Diego Maradona of sexual abuse and violence.
37-year-old Mavys Alvarez Rego told the Buenos Aires press that she met the footballing icon when she was 16 and he was in his forties.
She accuses Maradona and his entourage of sexual violence.
The Independent report that she is speaking out “after years of silence in order to balance some of the stories that were being told in a TV series about Maradona in the run-up to the first anniversary of his death on 25 November.”
“I achieved my goal — to say what happened to me, to prevent it from happening to others, or at least so that other girls feel the strength, the courage to speak up,” Rego said.
She claims that their affair lasted four to five years, during which she alleges that Diego pushed het into trying cocaine to which she consequently became dependent.
“I was dazzled, he won me over… But after two months everything started to change”, she notes.
Ms Alvarez Rego‘s relationship with the Argentine icon was consensual, but she recalls an occasion where she was raped by the footballer. “He covers my mouth, he rapes me, I don’t want to think about it too much.”
“I stopped being a girl, all my innocence was stolen from me. It’s hard. You stop living the innocent things that a girl of that age has to experience.”
Amongst other episodes of physical violence, in 2001 she recalls being held against her will in a hotel by Maradona‘s entourage.
Rego was not allowed to go out alone and was also forced into a breast augmentation operation.
“I loved him but I hated him too, I even thought about suicide…I have done what I had to do, the rest I leave to the courts.”
Maradona died November 25, 2020 after suffering a heart attack.