Mexican Rocker Armando Vega Gil Commits Suicide After #MeToo Accusations
Before dying, Mexican rocker Armando Vega Gil said in a Twitter post that his "death is not a confession of guilt," but "a radical declaration of my innocence".
Armando Vega Gil, bass player and co-founder of the Mexican rock band Botellita de Jerez, killed himself on Monday, after being accused of sexually abusing a minor. He was 64.
The Mexico City prosecutors' office said that while they could not confirm if Gil had killed himself, a man's body was found at a Mexico City home on Monday, reports billboard.com.
The rock band's Twitter account said "with grief we announce our colleague Armando Vega Gil died this morning (on Monday)". Gil published a letter saying he would kill himself "to leave the way clear" for his son after he was accused of assaulting a young woman.
Before he died, Gil posted a suicide message on Twitter strongly denying the accusations that had been made anonymously via the @MeTooMusicaMX account on Twitter.
"Let me make it clear that my death is not a confession of guilt, on the contrary it is a radical declaration of my innocence," he wrote (in Spanish) on Twitter.
He added, "Don't blame anyone for my death, this suicide is a voluntary, free and personal decision. Hasta pronto."
Gil wrote that given the power of social media, he believed that he would not be able to clear his name and that he wanted to make sure that his son's life was not blighted by the accusations.
Vega Gil’s accuser said that the incident happened 13 years ago, when she was 13. She accused him of inviting her to his home, where his sexual advances allegedly included his offering to teach her how to kiss.
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