The father of the Menendez brothers, music manager José Menendez, has been accused of sexually assaulting Roy Rosselló, a former Menudo member (the boy band) who was in the group between the ages of 13 and 16.
Lyle and Erik Menendez were found guilty of the 1989 murders of their parents, Lyle Sr. and Mary Louise Menendez, in 1996. The Menendez brothers testified during their historic trial that they murdered their father because of his years of sexual and physical abuse.
Claims Of Roy Rosselló Against José Menendez
Despite the fact that decades have passed since the judgment, the defense has filed many appeals with the court, saying that the charges against the brothers should be lowered to manslaughter since they acted out of fear for their lives.
Conversely, prosecutors contended, Lyle and Erik Menendez were driven by a desire to inherit their parents’ fortune.
This morning’s episode of the Today program served as a teaser for a new three-part docuseries premiering on Peacock next month in which Rosselló makes this accusation.
Rosselló claims that José Menendez, the executive at RCA Records who signed Menudo, sexually harassed him throughout his time with the band, according to fresh interviews for the series Menendez + Menudo: Boys Betrayed, as reported by The New York Times.
In a footage seen on Today, Rosselló states, “I know what he did to me in his house.” He claims that when he was 14 years old, he visited the Menendez household in New Jersey and was drugged and raped by Jose Menendez.
For example, in the 2017 HBO documentary Menudo: Forever Young, Rosselló and other Menudo members allege that other members of the boy band (albeit not Menendez) sexually abused them.
Rosselló has made some fresh charges against the Menendez brothers, but it’s not obvious what effect, if any, they will have on the case. On May 2, Peacock will air the pilot episode of Menendez + Menudo: Boys Betrayed.