A disturbing secret about Ricky Martin’s old boy band Menudo is revealed in a new documentary.
A new, shocking documentary that you can stream right now tells the brutal inside story of the boy band that gave Ricky Martin his start in music.
Before Ricky Martin sang “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” the members of his former boy band Menudo, one of the biggest Latin groups of all time, were living a nightmare.
In a new documentary, Angelo Garcia, who joined Menudo when he was 11 and was with the group from 1988 to 1990, says he was raped during that time.
Menudo: Forever Young is a four-part docuseries that starts today on BINGE. In it, he talks about the sexual assault, which he says happened in his hotel room after an unknown man gave him alcohol.
“The only thing I remember is that I passed out. “When I woke up, I was naked and bleeding, so I knew I had been penetrated,” Garcia said in the documentary. “Like, I had burns on my face from the rug… I didn’t understand and was very confused.”
During his time with the group, Garcia said that he was abused more than once. “I was raped several times while I was in Menudo, and that was how my abusers took advantage of me,” he said in the documentary.
Other members of Menudo, which was made up of 32 different boys over its first 20 years, also said that they were sexually abused, bullied, involved in drug scandals, and had to work long hours in Forever Young.
They said that Edgardo Daz, the leader of the boy band, treated them badly and took advantage of them when they worked for him. Edgardo Daz is called “their manager, producer, and surrogate father.” (Daz did not respond to requests for an interview or a comment on the claims in the documentary. He has always denied that he did anything wrong or abusive when he was in charge of the group.)
Ray Acevedo, who worked in Menudo from 1985 to 1988, said, “We were pawns in his business.”
In Forever Young, Daz tells how he came up with Menudo in Puerto Rico in 1977. Daz came up with a plan for the group called “Fountain of Youth.” Members would be replaced when they turned 16. Parents of the boys, many of whom were poor, would give the manager a lot of their parental power.
Menudo blew up in Venezuela and then caused “Spanish Beatlemania” in the US. In 1984, Martin became the band’s most famous member. “Ricky was like the golden kid from the start,” says Acevedo.
But Martin didn’t make things easy for the other members, says Sergio Blass, who was in Menudo from 1986 to 1990 and is not interviewed in the documentary.
“It was hard to be with Ricky because he was older than me,” Blass said. “So when someone knocked on the door, I had to open it. I had to answer the phone if it rang. I was like his housewife.” The Post asked Martin’s representatives for comment, but they didn’t answer.
In fact, there was a lot of bullying and hazing in Menudo. Acevedo remembered being held over a balcony by another member. The boys didn’t have proper supervision or even safety, so they were also exposed to drugs like marijuana and cocaine.
In the documentary, Blass said, “Once, we were in Colombia.” “I’m with Rubén Gómez, who is also in Menudo, and we’re going to the hotel. We enter our room. Suddenly, this random guy walks in… And he pulls out what looks like about a kilogram of cocaine… So we got scared, since we didn’t know this person… But the guy was actually one of the people who put on the show and advertised it.
Blass and Gómez were kicked out of Menudo in 1990 because they were caught with pot. But new people kept coming in through the door that kept turning.
Andy Blázquez was in the group from 1991 to 1997. In the documentary, he talks about feeling uncomfortable with the “extreme sexualization” that happened right from the start, like jokes that were too sexual and shouldn’t be told in front of kids.
“I remember Edgardo telling me, ‘You know how good it feels to go to the bathroom? This is how anal sex feels.'”
Other members, like Roy Rosselló in a TV appearance shown in the documentary, have accused Daz of sexual abuse in the past. In the documentary, it is also said that Daz was surrounded by bad people who preyed on the boys.
But the Menudo stars were also chased by a never-ending line of young fans. Blass said, “They had to be escorted out of my room because another one was waiting and the first one didn’t want to leave.” “When I was in high school, I thought, ‘Wow, this is so cool.'”