Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi, who was recently released from prison, arrived in her hometown of Monterrey yesterday (Feb. 28) to promote a tour that will put her back on a Mexican stage after a nine-

Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi, who was recently released from prison, arrived in her hometown of Monterrey yesterday (Feb. 28) to promote a tour that will put her back on a Mexican stage after a nine-year absence.

Trevi, who is billing herself as a woman of the people, shook hands and kissed reporters as she arrived at a press conference dressed in an olive green silky slip-like dress, black translucent robe and cowboy boots.

"I'm going to put on the hottest show that has ever hit the stage because there is going to be not only quality, but also passion and gratitude toward the people," Trevi said.

Trevi will kick off her Trevolution tour, which will take her to dozens of cities in Mexico and the United States, on Friday at the Arena Monterrey. The U.S. leg of the tour will open April 1 in Reno, Nev.

Trevi was cleared on rape and kidnapping charges in September, along with two of her backup singers, after spending five years in Brazilian and Mexican prisons. Prosecutors had alleged they had lured young girls into their entourage and then sexually abused them.

Trevi's antics on stage often drew controversy and it was common to see her young fans imitating her wild hair and torn tights. Her return to show business has created anticipation as to whether she will return to the days when she tore her clothes off and dragged men on stage to undress them.

"Don't expect to see a Gloria Trevi brought from Paris if I come from prison," Trevi said. "I'm not ashamed of the woman I was and of the woman I am." In December, Trevi released a new album titled "How the Universe Was Born" to a lukewarm reception in Mexico, where none of her new songs have made top 10 lists.

Trevi was arrested along with her manager, Sergio Andrade, and backup singer Maria Raquenel Portillo four years ago in Brazil, where they fled to avoid prosecution.

The scandal began when officials discovered that a girl in the troupe gave birth to, then abandoned, a baby in Spain. The father turned out to be Andrade, who had a record of well-publicized romances with girls barely into their teens.

While jailed in Brazil, Trevi became pregnant and gave birth to a boy. Paternity exams proved Andrade was the father. All three were eventually extradited to Mexico, where a second backup singer was already being held.


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