Roy Rosselló, a former member of the famous 1980s boy band Menudo, says that the late father of Erik and Lyle Menendez drugged and ra*ped him. His story will be told in a new Peacock documentary series.
Erik and Lyle Menendez, who are known as the Menendez brothers, were found guilty of killing their parents, Jose and Mary Louise “Kitty” Menendez, in their Beverly Hills mansion in 1989. Jose was shot in the head, and Kitty was shot 15 times. At the time of the killings, Lyle was 21 and Erik was 18.
After years of se*xual abu*se by their father, who was the head of RCA Records at the time and signed Menudo, the children said they shot their parents in self-defense. The defense was thrown out by the judge because it wasn’t relevant. In 1996, the Menendez brothers were sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole.
Today shared a clip from the upcoming docuseries Menendez + Menudo: Boys Betrayed on Tuesday, April 18. In the clip, Rosselló accuses Jose of se*xual assault, saying that the executive drugged and ra*ped him when he was a teenager.
“That’s the man here who rap*ed me,” says the woman, who is now 51, pointing to a picture of Jose. “That guy is a child molester.”
“I know what he did to me in his house,” he said, adding that the band’s manager and creator, Edgardo Diaz, also se*xually ab*used him and drove him to Menendez’s house, where he was drugged and ra*ped.
The clip also shows a phone call with Erik Menendez, who is serving his time at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego with his brother. Erik can be heard on the phone saying, “It’s sad to hear that my father hurt someone else.” “I always thought and hoped that the truth about my dad would come out one day, but I never wanted it to come out this way, because of the trauma that another child went through.”