'Wakanda Forever' Star Tenoch Huerta Denounces Singer’s ‘Sexual Predator’ Accusations as ‘False and Offensive’

The actor writes that he dated María Elena Ríos for several months and "it was entirely consensual at all times, as countless others can attest.”

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Tenoch Huerta, who broke out as Namor in last year's Black Panther sequel Wakanda Forever, is denying allegations made against him by musician María Elena Ríos.

Over the weekend, Ríos took to Twitter to accuse Huerta of being an abusive predator.

"It is very difficult to talk about the emotional abuse and abuse of power of a sexual predator who is loved around the world for playing a character in a movie like @TenochHuerta," Ríos wrote in Spanish. "Charming in appearance, the great hallmark of a narcissist + a good helping of victimization."

A follow up tweet translates to, "'And why didn't you report?' They say those who live in a macho country, where justice is unattainable where they almost kill you and still they don't believe you or justice comes. And no, I don't want to be famous. And no, I don't want money because I know how to work."

On Monday, Huerta addressed the accusations in a statement, calling Ríos' claims “false and completely unsubstantiated.”

"A false and completely unsubstantiated accusation about me has spread like wildfire—and I cannot let it go unchallenged any longer," Huerta shared, as seen below. "About a year ago, I dated Elena for several months. It was entirely consensual at all times, as countless others can attest. And throughout it was a loving, warm and mutually supportive relationship. After it ended, however, Elena began to misrepresent our interactions both privately and in front of groups of mutual friends."

The 42-year-old continued, “Although I am by no means perfect, I know that these allegations are simply untrue. And while I will always work to improve myself, I need to contest claims that are both false and offensive. I am deeply grateful to my family and the people who have supported me and greatly appreciate everyone who is willing to look at the facts and reflect before rushing to an untrue and unjust conclusion.”

After her initial tweets, Ríos shared screenshots of harassment she immediately began receiving.

"Why am I late in talking about it? Because I have a process," she wrote. "Why didn't I report? Because I was afraid that this would happen: people who refuse to believe that a SUPER HERO is an abuser, manipulator and sexual predator. If you [are] @TenochHuerta you abuse because you know you have power.”

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