An Argentinean prosecutor requested Wednesday that popular Argentinean starlet Graciela Alfano be investigated for possibly receiving goods taken from those who “disappeared” during the last military dictatorship in the country.
In recent days, local media have charged that Alfana, now 58, had a relationship with Emilio Eduardo Massera, a military officer who participated in the coup of 1976 and, as a member of the subsequent ruling junta, is widely considered to have been the mastermind behind the “Dirty War,” which claimed, by official numbers, more than 13,000 deaths.
“Without violating the privacy of anyone’s bedroom, it’s been let slip that [Alfano] received as gifts property that was taken from people who were detained illegally and clandestinely during the last military dictatorship,” said federal prosecutor Luis Comparatore.
The long-whispered rumors of a relationship between Alfano and Massera surfaced again after, in a radio interview, the stepdaughter of one of Massera’s former bodyguards implied that Alfana received as gifts from the dictator – including apartments that had been taken from people who “disappeared” and have never been found.
She reported that her father would be asked by Massera to “pass for Graciela and they would go shopping.” She remembered mentions of Cartier, but also property and other transactions.
“I don’t admit or deny it,” said Alfano in a televised comment. “[Still,] laying down with someone responsible for genocide does not mean having anything to do with 30,000 disappeared. The War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague is not looking for me."
Alfano, whose career had been revived a few years ago by a stint as a judge on the popular show Showmatch, also took to Twitter to defend herself, saying she was not afraid of being investigated, and attacking Jorge Rial, the journalist who set off this latest round of rumors.
Unsurprisingly, human rights organizations were not impressed.
“Everyone knew she was with him, so she always repulsed us,“ said Hebe de Bonafini, the president of the Mothers of the Plaza Maya. “She slept with the man behind a genocide.”
Congressional representative Victoria Donda, the daughter of two “Dirty War” victims who disappeared, said, “Everyone chooses the relationship they want, if they can stomach that sort of thing. But to accept the house of someone who was at that moment being thrown from a plane, that’s quite another thing.”
This story was translated by Fox News Latino.