Menendez’s siblings allege their father sexually assaulted them with new evidence

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May 4, 2023 | 11:06 p.m


The Menendez brothers – who were convicted of murdering their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion – claim that new evidence leaves no doubt that their father sexually abused them before his gruesome death.

Eric, 52, and Lyle Menendez, 55, asked the court to overturn their 1996 convictions after an NBC documentary series exposed allegations that their father molested an underage former member of Puerto Rican boy band Menudo in the 1980s, According to the Los Angeles Times.

The file also includes a recently found letter Eric sent to his cousin eight months before the killings which indicates he was abused by his father.

Lyle, left, and Eric Menendez leave the courthouse in Santa Monica, California, August 6, 1990.
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“The new evidence not only shows that José Menendez was a very violent and brutal man who was a pedophilia, but strongly suggests that he was – in fact – still abusing Eric Menendez as late as 1988,” Deposit cases were obtained By Los Angeles Times.

The brothers were convicted of shooting and killing their parents, Jose and Kitty, in 1989.

They alleged that their mother and father abused them physically and sexually for years, and during their first trials, jurors were unable to reach a verdict.

However, they were convicted during their second trial in 1996 and sentenced to life in prison.

The legal file obtained by the Los Angeles Times includes a handwritten note from Eric to his cousin Andy Cano who reportedly died in 2003.

“I was trying to avoid my dad. It still happens with Andy but it’s even worse for me now. I can’t explain it,” reads part of the note. “He’s so overweight I can’t bear to see him. I never know when it’s going to happen and it’s driving me crazy.”

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“Every night, I stay up thinking he might come. I need to get it out of my mind,” the memo also says with Eric Eric being told by his father to “tell anyone.”

Lyle Menendez, second from left, and his brother, Eric, second from right, flanked by their attorneys Gerald Shalev, left, and Robert Shapiro.
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Boy band member Roy Rossillo alleged he was drugged and raped when he was 13 or 14 by Jose Menendez, who was a high-ranking RCA executive in the 1980s, according to legal documents.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Peacock’s docuseries “Menendez + Menudo: Boys Betrayed” first raised Rosselló’s allegations which looked into accusations that the Latin band members were abused by the group’s creator, Edgardo Diaz.

During a trip to New York in 1983 or 1984, Diaz asked Rosselló to join Jose Menendez in a limo that took the two to a home in New Jersey, the legal suit alleged. Inside the house, Menendez gave Rossillo wine and then anally raped her, the brothers’ legal team says.

Roger McCarthy, CEO of Failure Analysis Associates, explains, with a shot, how he believes Eric and Lyle Menendez killed their parents.
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The legal suit says Rosselló signed a declaration detailing those accusations.

“Had the jurors seen the letter Eric Menendez wrote to Andy Cano, and known that Jose Menendez had anally raped and orally intercoursed at the age of 13 or 14 in 1984, the prosecutor would not have been able to say that ‘the abuse never happened,’” the legal filing argues. .

The Los Angeles Times reported that the brothers’ previous petitions had been rejected in court.

The brothers’ legal team is pressing for a hearing or having the convictions overturned.

The defense in the first trial portrayed many allegations of abuse against the murdered parents, but the second trial limited the number of abuse charges that could be brought, the suit says.

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Prosecutors have rejected the notion that the parents abused the Menendez brothers prior to the murders, according to the legal complaint.





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