Cuban Singer Becomes Pioneer of #MeToo Movement on the Island

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A Cuban artist, known as the “Goddess of Cuba,” has become a lightning rod for the #MeToo movement on the Caribbean island after publicly accusing a fellow musician of sexual assault. 

Dianelys Alfonso, 38, alleged that José Luis Cortés, a renowned musician and bandleader, assaulted and raped her repeatedly during their yearslong relationship, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The two musicians worked together from 2003 to 2009 in one of Cuba’s best known bands, NG La Banda. They were romantically involved during much of that time. 

Alfonso made the accusations in June on an internet video program with host Alex Otaola. She accused Cortés of beating her, raping her, and verbally abusing her during their relationship, behavior that continued after it ended. The alleged abuse stopped when Alfonso left the band during an Italian tour in 2009 and did not return to Cuba for another five years. 

The allegations…

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