Singer & Influencer Malú Trevejo Sued for Abuse by Former Employees
Trevejo is being sued for battery, defamation and sexual misconduct, among other complaints, by four ex-staffers who are seeking $4 million in damages.
Singer and influencer Malú Trevejo is being sued by four former staffers for abuse.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by Billboard, plaintiffs Victoria Barreto, Ralph Colon, Edwardo Vidal and Witchneverson Lacroix allege they “endured mental, emotional, sexual and physical punishment” during their employment with the 20-year-old artist. They are now suing her for battery, defamation and sexual misconduct, among other complaints, and are seeking $4 million in damages.
Trevejo’s ex-employees — who stopped working for her between 2021 and 2022 — also claim that the Cuban-American social media star, who rose to prominence in 2017 with her first single, “Luna Llena,” berated them with racial slurs.
According to the civil lawsuit — filed in Miami against the singer and her company — Trevejo made sexual advances toward Barreto, who was hired in October 2021 as Trevejo’s personal assistant, once she began working for her. Barreto claims Trevejo asked her to “sleep with her in her bed, cuddle with her and watch television, controlling and claiming possession of” her during the course of her employment (which lasted three months). When she turned down Trevejo’s requests, Barreto “experienced increased aggression, dismissive responses” and would be called “stupid” or “dumb,” she claims.
Also in the complaint, Colon, who is listed as Trevejo’s security/bodyguard, claims he was “abused” by her one week after starting the job. According to Colon, Trevejo “frequently ignored” his security advice, “forcing” him to put himself in the line of danger in “avoidable” situations.
In a statement to Billboard, Trevejo’s attorney said, “Ms. Trevejo is aware of the false allegations in the lawsuit and looks forward to defending herself against these baseless claims.”
The lawsuit comes almost five years after Trevejo was granted a motion to disaffirm her obligations under her recording agreement with Universal Music Latino, a division of UMG Recordings. Trevejo stated her contract with Universal Music Latin was void on the grounds that she was underage (14 years old) when she signed the recording and co-management agreement with Universal Music Latino imprint In-Tu Linea, adding that it was never certified by the court.
You can read the full lawsuit below.