Mexico rocker commits suicide, citing #MeToo accusation

Agence France-Presse . Mexico City | Published: 00:00, Apr 03,2019 | Updated: 23:56, Apr 02,2019


Armando Vega Gil

A Mexican rock star was found dead Monday after tweeting a suicide note saying he planned to kill himself in a ‘radical declaration of innocence’ after being accused of sexual harassment by the country’s #MeToo movement.
Armando Vega Gil, 63, the bassist for veteran rock group Botellita de Jerez (Little Bottle of Sherry), died early Monday, the group said on Twitter.
Mexico City prosecutors said they were investigating the death of a middle-aged man found hung from a tree with wire at his home in the central Narvarte neighborhood. An investigation source confirmed the man was Vega, speaking on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to discuss the probe.
Just hours earlier, Vega posted a suicide note on Twitter saying he was taking his own life in reaction to an anonymous accusation that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl more than a decade ago. The accusation was made earlier that night on the Twitter account @MeTooMusicaMX, part of a nascent #MeToo movement in Mexico that has triggered a flood of accusations of sexual assault against journalists, academics, writers and others in the cultural sphere in recent weeks.
‘I categorically deny this accusation,’ Vega, who was also an award-winning poet and writer, tweeted before taking his own life. ‘It is a fact that I will lose my work, which was built upon my public credibility. My life is detained, there is no exit,’ he said.
Vega wrote that he feared he would not be able to defend himself on social media, where ‘anything I say will be used against me,’ and that he wished to spare his son from ‘suffering the effects of this false accusation against me.’

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