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Mavys Álvarez, a Cuban woman who had a relationship with late footballer Diego Maradona two decades ago, claimed the Argentine player raped her when she was a teenager and “stole her childhood”.

Álvarez, now 37, testified last week in a court of Argentina’s Justice Ministry investigating her allegations of trafficking against Maradona’s former entourage, linked to events when she was 16 years.

Maradona, widely regarded as one of the best players in the history of the game, passed away in November of last year.

The complaint concerns a trip Alvarez took to Argentina with Maradona in 2001 when he was around 40 and she was 16.

Álvarez said she first met the football star shortly before the trip, while in Cuba for drug treatment.

At a press conference in Buenos Aires, lvarez alleged that Maradona raped her in the Havana clinic where he was staying, while her mother was in the next room.

“He’s covering my mouth, he’s raping me, I don’t want to think about it too much,” said lvarez. “I stopped being a girl, all my innocence was stolen from me. It’s hard. You stop going through the innocent things that a girl this age has to go through.

Matias Morla, Maradona’s lawyer before her death, did not respond to a request for comment. Reuters could not identify other legal representatives of Maradona in this case.

Álvarez has previously described the relationship in media interviews as consensual, but also said Maradona at least once forced herself on her.

She said her family only allowed a relationship with the star, despite the large age gap, because of Maradona’s friendship with late Cuban President Fidel Castro.

“My family would never have accepted it if the Cuban government had not been involved,” she said. “They were forced in another way to accept a relationship that was not good for them, or for anyone.”

The Cuban government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Álvarez said she filed the complaint “in order to help all women, all victims of trafficking, of crime,” she said. “To be able to help them in any way possible. This is my idea.

She said it was difficult to be back in Argentina, where Maradona remains a hero for many.

“It’s hard to be in his country, to see that he’s everywhere, he’s an idol and at the same time, everything I remember about him as a person is ugly,” he said. she declared.

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