Footage from the year 2000 has emerged of Diego Maradona lying on a bed with a 16-year-old girl. Now 37, she says the soccer star helped traffic her.
- Footage has emerged of
Diego Maradonaon a bed with a teenager. Now 37, she says he trafficked her.
- Mavys Alvarez says the Argentine also plied her with drugs and kept her locked in a hotel room.
Footage has emerged of Diego Maradona on a bed with a teenage girl in the year 2000. She now says the Argentine trafficked her, plied her with drugs, and kept her locked in a hotel room.
Mavys Alvarez, now 37, told the TV station America TeVe in September that she was coerced into getting breast implants after being groomed and flown to Argentina from her native Cuba by Maradona and his entourage.
The video, obtained by the Argentine website Infobae, has emerged in a human-trafficking case against one of Maradona's associates, who Alvarez said introduced her to the former Napoli player when she was 16 years old and Maradona was 40.
Filmed in 2000, the video contains numerous clips of both Maradona and Alvarez, one of which shows them lying together on a bed as the Argentine holds the camera.
Infobae published about five and a half minutes of footage of Maradona and his associates. The footage includes shots of Maradona swimming and posing with a boxing title belt, as well as shots of a woman - seemingly Alvarez - singing.
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In court documents, Alvarez said she was moved into an apartment in Havana by Maradona, where he introduced her to a life of partying and drugs, The Times of London reported.
After being introduced to the Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who gave her a special dispensation to leave the country, she said, she was then taken to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2001.
Alvarez said that while in Argentina, she was kept locked in a hotel room for almost three months and pressured into getting breast implants.
She said her relationship with Maradona lasted for three years, and that she had kept silent until recently out of fear for her family's safety.
"It was the biggest mistake of my life," Alvarez told America TeVe. "I was just a girl. I was pure. He was a stranger, he was rich, and he paid attention to me. I could not say no."
Alvarez has filed a complaint in Argentina with the prosecutor's office for the trafficking and exploitation of persons, alleging that immigration officials let her enter the country without consent from her parents, The Times reported.
Gaston Marano, Alvarez's lawyer, said there was "collusion between the foreign and local immigration authorities."
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