Mavys Álvarez appears at a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Monday, November 22.  The Cuban woman files a complaint for alleged human trafficking of which she was a victim while she was in a relationship with the deceased star Diego Maradona.  (AP Photo / Gustavo Garello).

Mavys Álvarez, the Cuban woman who brings a complaint to the Argentine justice system for alleged human trafficking while she was in a relationship with the deceased star Diego Maradona, affirmed that at the age of 16 the former soccer player subjected her to physical and sexual violence and introduced her to drug addiction.

Alvarez, who currently resides in the United States, also noted that the government of Fidel Castro and those close to Maradona covered up what was happening during the almost five-year relationship he had with the soccer idol on the island.

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“I stopped being a girl, I had to burn stages of life. You go from being a girl to a woman at once. All that innocence that I had was stolen from me, said Alvarez on Monday during a press conference with international media in a hotel in Buenos Aires. “I was just 16 years old and I was already drinking, I was getting high.”

Alvarez, 37, arrived in Buenos Aires last week to give his testimony before the Argentine courts in the framework of a preliminary investigation for alleged trafficking in persons for sexual purposes. She is the first of Maradona’s ex-partners who denounces violence.

Yes OK Maradona He died in November of last year, the legal representatives of the woman target relatives of the former footballer, such as his former representative Guillermo Coppola and other Argentine friends, who accompanied him during his stay in Cuba in the early 2000s.

El Diez settled for several years on the island to treat his addiction to cocaine at the invitation of Castro himself – present from 1976 to 2008 and died in 2016 – after suffering an overdose that left him on the brink of death.

The court has not yet resolved whether to proceed with a case to investigate the complaint of Alvarez.

In his account to the international press, Alvarez He told that he was an Argentine friend of Maradona, Carlos Ferro Viera, who introduced it to him in Varadero. “When I met him, he painted me all pretty, pink. I was dazzled, he conquered me with flowers. After two months everything began to change”.

He denounced that the captain of the national team Argentina, who won the 1986 World Cup, raped her in La Pradera, a spa in Havana where he settled with his circle. “Diego wouldn’t let my mom go. She enters the house, goes up to the room and starts knocking on the door. It generates some kind of curiosity for Diego. I wanted to open the door for him and he wouldn’t let me. He covers my mouth and rapes me, he rapes me “, he recounted with a broken voice.

Mavys Álvarez appears at a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Monday, November 22. The Cuban woman files a complaint for alleged human trafficking of which she was a victim while she was in a relationship with the deceased star Diego Maradona. (AP Photo / Gustavo Garello).

Alvarez He also referred to an episode of physical violence when he answered Maradona’s mobile phone while he was sleeping: “Once Claudia – Maradona’s ex-wife – calls her cell phone, I answer it. I passed the call to Diego and he got very angry. He grabbed the cell phone, threw it against the wall. He slaps me and pushes me against the bed. There were many moments like that.

The woman asserted that Maradona got high in front of her, even though he was supposed to have traveled to Cuba to rehabilitate. “He told me to try it (cocaine) for him, that he wanted to share with me more time but that I fell asleep … finally so many days with the same I try it” and became addicted.

“My family would never have accepted it (the relationship with Maradona) if the Cuban government was not involved. In fact, they did not accept it, they forced them to accept a relationship that was not right “he commented. “If my mother had refused, many things could have happened to me.”

According to the woman, Maradona asked Fidel Castro for permission to take her off the island despite being a minor to travel to Buenos Aires on the occasion of his farewell match in 2001, which was awarded to him. She explained that during her stay she did not have freedom of movement and that she was subjected to a breast implant operation against her will.

It is this trip, which according to the woman took place without the consent of her parents despite the fact that she was a minor, which motivates the intervention of the Argentine justice for alleged trafficking in persons for sexual purposes.

Those close to Maradona they acknowledged that they met Alvarez, but they denied being aware of the alleged abuses to which she was subjected. While the children did not publicly refer to the case.

The relationship with Maradona it was finished when he went on a trip for several months. He argued that “it was not easy” and that “I was watched” by the Cuban government until it left the island in 2014.

According to the Cuban, she was not the only one who suffered these alleged abuses. “It consists of other women. I know of two who have gone through life, I am almost convinced that they were the same age or perhaps younger ”.

Asked about what she expects from now on, she said that “my goal has already been accomplished. Come to this country and be able to speak to justice about what I suffered, and let the world know all this. What remains to be done is in the hands of justice. I achieved my goal in order for other girls to feel the strength, the courage to speak ”.

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