Former Menudo boy band member Roy Rosselló is speaking out in the upcoming true-crime docuseries, Menendez + Menudo: Boys Betrayed, saying that the father of convicted killers Lyle and Erik Menendez sexually assaulted him when he was a teenager.
“I know what he did to me in his house,” Rosselló is heard saying in a clip from the docuseries, which first played on the Today Show. He goes on to claim that José Menendez, who was an executive at RCA Records at the time, molested him while he was still a young member of the boy band, which rose to fame during the 1980s.
Rosselló, who is now 51 years old, also says that he was drugged and raped by Menendez during a visit to his New Jersey home when he was 14.
It’s Time For the World to Know the Truth
“That’s the man here that raped me,” he claims as he points to a photo of Menendez in another clip shown on Today. “That’s the pedophile.” He is then heard saying, “It’s time for the world to know the truth,” the same quote that can be heard in the trailer for the docuseries, which was released on Tuesday.
The tweet below verifies the news:
A former member of the 1980s boy band Menudo said he was raped by the father of the Menendez brothers, who said their father’s abuse led them to kill their parents. https://t.co/DvYNumnVWY
— New York Times Music (@nytimesmusic) April 18, 2023
In the nearly one-and-a-half minute-long video, another person is seen saying that “Jose Menendez was obsessed with the band Menudo,” before the docuseries asserts this allegation could have changed things during the Menendez brothers’ trial for the 1989 murders of their parents, José and Mary Louise.
During their first trial, which took place in 1993, both Erik and Lyle claimed they were sexually molested by their father and that their mother allowed his continued abuse. After the trial ended with two deadlocked juries, the second one limited the defense’s evidence about claims of sexual abuse.
In the end, both brothers were convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder before being sentenced to life in jail without parole.
The trailer for the three-part docuseries, which will debut on May 2, goes on to claim that Rosselló’s allegations are “key to getting action even after all these decades.”
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