Ms Trevi and her son took a commercial flight
Baby in arms, Mexican pop diva leaves Brazil to face sex-abuse charges
ALAN CLENDENNING, Associated Press Writer Saturday, December 21, 2002
(12-21) 12:24 PST SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) --
After a three-year odyssey in Brazil, Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi left for home Saturday -- with the baby she had in jail -- to face charges of sex abuse involving teenage girls seeking stardom.
Trevi's departure was held up for two days by a diplomatic standoff over the terms of her extradition, leaving her stranded in Sao Paulo's international airport under guard by Brazilian police. She had vowed to avoid extradition by marrying a Brazilian diplomat.
When the impasse was resolved, Trevi carried her 10-month-old son, who was conceived behind bars, and boarded her Varig airlines flight, smiling and waving to journalists snapping photos 200 yards away.
Her return to Mexico almost certainly will contain the mix of overwrought supermarket-tabloid hype that marked her rise to fame and fall from grace. The country's largest television network, Televisa, said it was considering hiring Trevi for a soap opera.
Trevi, her ex-husband, Sergio Andrade, and backup singer Maria Raquenel Portillo were arrested in Rio de Janeiro in January 2000 at the request of Mexican authorities on charges of abducting and raping teenage girls in their care.
Prosecutors in Mexico's Chihuahua state accuse Trevi, Andrade and Portillo of corrupting a 17-year-old girl, who was turned over to their care when she was 12 for musical training. The girl abandoned a baby in Spain in 1998, saying Andrade was the father.
The Brazilian Supreme Court authorized the trio's extradition in December 2000. Defense attorneys have been trying to overturn the ruling since.
In 2001, Trevi became pregnant while jailed and claimed she was raped by a high-ranking Brazilian police officer. But federal police claimed she artificially inseminated herself while in prison in an attempt to stay in the country.
In the past, fugitives who sought refuge in Brazil have avoided extradition by having a child, who then was a Brazilian citizen. But that law was changed before Trevi got pregnant.
When the singer gave birth to Angel Gabriel on Feb. 18, she objected to DNA testing. Brazilian authorities ordered the tests anyway, and determined that Andrade was the father.
In May, Trevi claimed police forced her to have sex with Andrade. Her lawyer said Trevi would marry a Brazilian diplomat to avoid extradition.
Last month, Trevi said she no longer would fight extradition and asked to be returned to Mexico to defend herself.
Trevi's departure was put on hold Friday as Mexican authorities, apparently concerned about her security, insisted she travel home on a government jet even though an agreement specified a commercial flight.
Trevi, fearing reprisals for denouncing corruption in Mexico, believed a commercial flight would be safer, said her Brazilian attorney, Geraldo Magela.
Mexico's decision to send a private jet was criticized at home, where lawmakers said Trevi's security was not worth the plane's $5,000-an-hour price tag. They called for an investigation into why the plane was called at the last minute.
While stranded in Sao Paulo, Trevi was guarded by Brazilian authorities in the offices of the federal police official in charge of the airport. She did not have an opportunity to speak with reporters before boarding her flight, but human rights officials accompanying Trevi denounced Mexican authorities for trying to change Trevi's travel plans.
After leaving her Brasilia jail cell Thursday, Trevi said life would be better for her in Mexico.
"I have faith in God, in my lawyers, in my family and in justice," she said.
But on Saturday, Magela suggested Brazil could end up as home for the singer if she resolves her legal troubles.
"Her intention is to live in Brazil," he said. "She only wants to solve her situation in Mexico and then come back."