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Gay? Murderer? The Telenovela Life of Mexican President-Elect Enrique Peña Nieto

I Keel You!The more we learn about Mexican president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, the scarier things get. Behind the Pompadour and circumstance, there lurks a dark and nasty side to the pretty-boy president-to-be.

First off, he’s a slut. Big deal. So was Bill Clinton (and John F. Kennedy, for that matter). But a slutty assassin and wife killer (MAYBE!) is a totally different story. First, let’s mira at his extramarital affairs.

Peña Nieto, during what he calls a “difficult time of crisis” in his first marriage to Monica Pretelini, cheated on his wife with two different women and had two children outside of his marriage. He was forced to admit this because one of his ex baby mamas (the other child died and its mother is still unknown), Maritza Diaz Hernandez, won’t shut up on Twitter and Facebook. According to Maritza Diaz Hernandez, Peña Nieto tried to convince her to go and live in the US for six months and not return until after the election on July 1st. But when she refused, he got his best buddies in the Mexican press to give him some TeeVee time so he could ‘splain his infidelities and preempt any bad press he might get from her revelations. At least he didn’t have her killed. Yet.

The voting public didn’t blink. Peña Nieto continued to be the adored and favored candidate, despite his little peccadilloes. It’s the old “boys will be boys” syndrome, especially in Mexico, where it’s expected and understood that rich and powerful men can and should do these things, to prove their virility. In fact, Ashleymadison.com, the dating website for married people, proudly put Peña Nieto on a billboard in Mexico City, saying, “Unfaithful to his family. Faithful and committed to his country.” Ashley Madison’s representative said, “No one would have found out about Peña Nieto’s extramarital affair, if he had employed Ashely Madison’s services.”

But it seems that Peña Nieto’s dalliances have not been limited to the ladies.

Agustín Humberto Estrada Negrete, a former director and teacher at a school for children with special needs, claims to have been Peña Nieto’s homosexual lover for seven years while Peña Nieto was governor of Mexico state and married to Monica Pretelini. Estrada Negrete claims that Peña Nieto’s wife discovered him and Peña Nieto inflagranti and an argument between husband and wife ensued. When Peña Nieto started to beat his wife, Estrada Negrete decided it was time to leave. The next thing he knew, Monica Pretelini was dead. Since Estrada Negrete had been beaten before by Peña Nieto, he is convinced that Peña Nieto killed his wife. In an interview, Estrada Negrete said that after Monica Pretelini’s January 2007 death, Peña Nieto cried upon Estrada Negrete’s breast, “I went too far.”

On May 12, 2007, Peña Nieto’s deceased wife’s bodyguards were murdered while accompanying Peña Nieto’s three children, their maternal grandparents and aunt in Veracruz. Only the truck of the bodyguards was targeted; the family was unhurt. Estrada Negrete attests that these were the same bodyguards who would come and pick him up, in the same truck, for his assignations with Peña Nieto.

On May 17, 2007, just four months after the death of Peña Nieto’s wife, Estrada Negrete participated in an LGBT event, posing in a red dress. The photo of him in a dress made it into the papers and since then, Estrada Negrete’s life (as well as the lives of his family and the mothers of the school children who supported him) has been in grave danger. Estrada Negrete says this was the end of his relationship with Peña Nieto, since he had always been warned by Peña Nieto that there would be dire consequences if he came out of the closet.  Estrada Negrete lost his job, was arrested twice for minor charges, tortured and gang-raped in jail, had death threats written on the walls of his school and inside his home and finally someone tried to kill him with a plastic bag over his head. Left for dead on the street, luckily the Red Cross saved him. In a wheelchair he escaped to the United States in 2010 with his political asylum papers in hand. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights filed a precautionary measure in Mexico to protect Estrada Negrete and his family and eventually was able to get the Mexican government to pay Estrada Negrete’s teacher’s back-pay. He lives in San Diego now, still fearing for his life but denouncing Peña Nieto and telling his story any chance he gets.

Adding to the mystery, on the day of Peña Nieto’s wife’s death, the announcements were all over the place. First, the governor’s own spokesperson announced that she had died from an overdose of anti-depressants (other reports said sleeping pills), then that she was brain dead, then finally, the doctor who had been treating her for two years made an announcement that she had been having seizures and that she had suffered, this time, from a fatal one, which caused cardiac arrhythmia and in turn respiratory arrest, from which she died. No wonder Peña Nieto was so confused in a May 2010 TV interview with respected Univisión journalist Jorge Ramos, when Ramos asked Peña Nieto how his wife had died. He couldn’t answer. He babbled on and on like he did at the Guadalajara book fair when asked what books he’d read that influenced his life. Ramos had to remind him that his wife died of an epileptic seizure. We think that Peña Nieto should have said in Guadalajara that the book that most influenced him was, If I Did It, by OJ Simpson.

Of course, all the bad things happened when he was just a tyke (in his thirties). Now he’s a man (in his forties). And president. So we’re sure he’s learned his lesson, right? Well, all is not well in the soap-opera fairy tale of Peña Nieto and Angelica Rivera, his soap-opera star wife. On March 13 of this year, Angelica Rivera was admitted to a hospital, bruised and beaten. Mexican radio station Radio Formula confirmed that Rivera was hospitalized for two days in March after she “fell from the stairs.” On May 29, Mexican actress Laura Zapata (Tony Mottola’s sister-in-law) tweeted that Angelica Rivera was severely beaten by Peña Nieto and hospitalized again. This time, no media outlets confirmed Angelica’s stay in the hospital, because according to Laura Zapata, the attending physicians were told not to say a word.

If Peña Nieto’s past is any indication of what the next six years of his presidency will be like, we better start popping the popcorn now. And maybe take a second look at our romantic Mexico weekend getaway plans. Surely there’s a safer place to go, like Syria.

Muchasisimas gracias to Wonkette reader RevJuanMessycan, for invaluable insight and assistance with research and translation.

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151 comments

    1. RevJuanMessycan

      Speak for yourself. I had to clean my spank bank before I forwarded to Lisa as "background" for this.

    2. Callyson

      Este no es un cuento que me hace querer masturbarse

      God, it's good to be back home to Wonkette…

      1. mrpuma2u

        is "mastubarse" an er verb? Just want to make sure I conjugate correctly. Y por el cuento, ni yo.

        1. Callyson

          I finally was able to conjugate after turning away from the news for a while and watching some nice ballplayers on the field. For best results, always conjugate before checking in on the latest headlines…

  1. TribecaMike

    And that, children, is why surrealist master Luis Buñuel made some of his best films in Mexico.

  2. OkieDokieDog

    ¡Dios mío, this is just like an episode of the Manuel Ortiz show! Without the música y dancing.

  3. SexySmurf

    I think I've seen this Lifetime movie. It doesn't turn out well for Tori Spelling.

    Not in the movie, just in general.

  4. ProgressiveInga

    Yo se, una vez mas, pero, in the immortal words of my jewish mexican friend, "Oy vey, que mas!"

  5. sullivanst

    Well, that'll all help dispel the reputation of the PRI as being endemically corrupt.

          1. Blueb4sunrise

            I must admit that I haven't been keeping track, she could be here for all I know. She could be down the street, oozing towards me, right outside the doooooooooooooooo……………………….AAAAAAAAAAAARGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          2. BerkeleyBear

            Yeah (it was covered here on Wonkette with scared thoughts of just how delusional she might be, with Congressional districts redrawn and the clan's former counsel from Alaska also relocating) but then she took off to Hollywood to live with the DWTS guy and his brother and work on her show (the DWTS guy is now suing her and the producers of the show) and finally ran back to live with Mama Grizzled in some sort of apartment/basement situation while they grift her up a house of her own. So I'm thinking AZ is just a teeny bit saner these days.

    1. TribecaMike

      "Fox needs you to comment on this now, Governor Palin."

      "Shit! Todd, where the hell's the Barbasol?"

  6. Jukesgrrl

    Mexico's Carlos Slim Helú, Forbes-anointed richest man in the WORLD, and TV Azteca-owner Ricardo Salinas Pliego, second richest man in Mexico, must not have a problem with it, so … ya qué. It's not as if 70% of Mexicans fit one or more of the eight economic indicators used to define poverty by the Mexican government or something.

    That's when the wimmins REALLY start to get barefoot and pregnant. Instead of using the idiom "black and blue" to describe "badly beaten," the Spanish word is "amoratado." Sounds a lot nicer, doesn't it?

    If Estrada Negrete still needs a boyfriend, we have a nice sheriff (or two) here in Arizona who can treat him in the style to which he is accustom.

  7. Dashboard Buddha

    The United States needs a prez like this to help us take our minds off the corporate-fascist rape of a once great country our troubles for a while.

  8. Rotundo_

    I think the majority of people are distracted enough with gunfire and beheadings and all of the other narcotics trade hijinks that this is a pretty minor thing in their eyes. Kinda like 8 years of Dubya, it renders most folks pretty shock proof. Not completely, but they can handle almost anything now.

    1. TribecaMike

      You mean those AZ beheadings that never actually happened? In their heyday, the Bonanno family buried many more headless bodies in the Sonora desert than the cartels ever have.

      1. richmx2

        Not really. While it affects everyone (my next door neighbor's front door was kicked in by masked police officers carrying automatic weapons), the "war" for control of the U.S. export market is understood to be simply this present administration's kowtowing to U.S. demands, and since Felipe Calderón wasn't up for re-election, Mexican voters concentrated on real problems… the stalled economy, social inequality, etc.

        1. TribecaMike

          Well, I meant Arizona, not that AZ cops don't kick doors in every night, often without warrants and at the wrong house.

          1. sullivanst

            Assuming they get out of their tank to kick, rather than just driving through the wall, that is.

          2. TribecaMike

            Nah, they just walk up to you and kick you in the groin. Nothing subtle about 'em.

          3. richmx2

            I was more or less replying to the original post in this sub-thread. North of our border press seems to think everyone in Mexico shares their particular hangups. Honestly, not being a country of drug users (only about 2 pct of the population even smokes marijuana on any regular basis), it's not the issue here people THERE think it is.

          4. RevJuanMessycan

            We do have a problem with meth precursors coming into our ports *cough* from China *cough*, and not all the consumption is external – maybe the US keeps better numbers or is more likely to self-report? I find that outside of the 20-some year-olds, discussion of drug use makes pot sound like opium in the western US at the turn of the XX century: a fringe, low class trap unavoidable for the lower classes (or "albañiles", in my personally witnessed statements).

          5. richmx2

            Excellent job on getting this info into Wonkette, RevJuan… sometimes Wonkette does a better job of writing about Mexico than the New York Times and other "usual suspects", and I appreciate it. We're probably getting a little off topic, but my main point is that paranoia about Mexican narcotics is not an overwhelming issue, politically or otherwise, in Mexico, despite what North of the Border media fixates on. That pot is seen as naco isn't likely to make Mexican legislators anxious to decriminalize use further, and frankly, decriminalizing use is rather beside the point here. My fantasy solution is nationalizing the industry (PotMex) — which would give some legal protection to the jornalados here in Sinaloa and the growers Let the rich countries buy it and destroy it if they want. Let Chapo rob PotMex blind, and still we'd come out ahead. At any rate, the supposed profits sure aren't coming back here to Sinaloa now,

  9. BerkeleyBear

    I'm sorry, but even Showtime wouldn't greenlight that project – the central character is sucking up any and all decent secondary storylines. Maybe Skinamax, if made with appropriate levels of nudity and soft core shots.

  10. Mittens Howell, III

    “Unfaithful to his family. Faithful and committed to his country.”

    Ashley Madison sounds like the Frank Luntz of Love.

  11. Antispandex

    Is it really fair to be examining the private life of a politician? On the one hand, if they are liberal, they are lacking in morals, so of course they cheat. On the other hand, if they are conservatives, they are locked in loveless marriages, so of course, they cheat. Then there is Mitt Romney, money whore….Naw, let's talk about the Mexican, he's GOT to be more interesting.

    1. shelwood46

      Is it liberals or conservatives who kill their wives? I forget, from all the not talking about it.

    1. Chow Yun Flat

      Remember the immortal words of Donald Rumsfeld:

      "You fap the with the posts you have—not the posts you might want or wish to have at a later time."

      1. OneDollarJuana

        "… and there are the unknown unknown [faps] …"

        Oh, foo. So that's where that stain came from.

  12. Antispandex

    "….especially in Mexico, where it’s expected and understood that rich and powerful men can and should do these things, to prove their virility."

    Here, in America, it takes a wide stance.

  13. comrad_darkness

    “No one would have found out about Peña Nieto’s extramarital affair, if he had employed Ashely Madison’s services.”

    This is a sign that your society has evolved from kleptocracy to fucktocracy.

  14. BarackMyWorld

    This presidency sounds like something I saw on "Weeds"…which, like a Mexican presidential term, also needed to end after 6 years.

    1. Dashboard Buddha

      I like Bruce Campbell's description of Ernest on the set of a movie. No attitude, no flouncing off to the trailer, no hysterics…just a guy doing his job and being cool about it. There's a lesson there.

    2. TribecaMike

      He was one talented Connecticut cat. I loved many of his performances, especially in Marty and The Wild Bunch. He made it look so easy, and having "acted" in a few movies myself, trust me, making it look easy is hard work.

    3. Extemporanus

      Since my Ernest comment above apparently lost something in translation (as most of mine do), I'll add my remembrances here:

      One of my earliest memories of my recently departed, lifelong Navy man grandpa involves him, in full uniform, having a big, boisterous, back-slapping exchange with the bellowing clown in the middle of leading Milwaukee's Great Circus Parade; me being hoisted up on the clown's shoulders, and using his hat brim as a handle; the three of us marching along together for what was probably only a few hundred feet, but seemed like miles; and my grandpa and the clown saying goodbye to each other with a bunch of bad words and what looked like tears in their eyes.

      I remembering being both terrified and exhilarated…but mostly just terrified. Because fucking clowns, right?

      It wasn't until I was quite a bit older that I learned that the clown had served on the same ship as my grandpa during World War II. And the name of that clown who's made me think fondly of my grandpa whenever I've seen him, ever since?

      You guessed it: Ernest Borgnine.

      And now you know…the rest of the story!

      (And now I need the rest of my drink…)

      1. TribecaMike

        Clink! I really enjoyed his autobiography, "Ernie." What a pro and what a guy. Growing up an Air Force brat, I can attest that "McHale's Navy" was beloved by service folks, especially how it satirized the pomposity of the brass. It's still my favorite tv comedy show.

      2. NellCote71

        What a great story, and a wonderful memory for you. (sorry, I can't think of any snark, just sincere admiration for your well-described memory.)

        1. Extemporanus

          As a sincere thank you, here's a fantastic photo of Mr. Borgnine emceeing the event in 1973. My maudlin recollection is circa '74, but you can perhaps imagine why I might've been terrified.

          (Also, after getting my obscure Brando reference the other day, you'll always be A-OK in my book, regardless of snark.)

          1. BarackMyWorld

            Borgnine had a pretty glorious movie career, appearing in some great films….he won an Academy Award for Best Actor for "Marty," and also appeared in "the Dirty Dozen," "Wild Bunch," "Gattaca," "Poseidon Adventure," "Black Hole," "Escape from New York" all come to mind.

    1. RevJuanMessycan

      In that you are correct. Ms. Fatale. The moustaches were robbed of their turn. Us Messycans are upset because it is the time ordained by the Holy Mayan Calendar for mustache rides, not more lubeless screws.

      1. horsedreamer_1

        Definitely palled around with (sex) tourists.

        Juarez ain't a nice place after a bukakke. Water isn't safe to rinse with.

  15. TribecaMike

    I blame Honduran-born Carlos Mencia for pretending to be Mexican. I also blame Netherlands-born Rutger Hauer for the Mayan calender and the end of the world.

    1. Negropolis

      "I blame Honduran-born Carlos Mencia Ned Holness for pretending to be Mexican."

      /fixed

  16. richmx2

    One problem, two actually, with getting this kind of information into the Mexican press. It has been known, but with our campaign financing laws, negative advertising isn't permitted (although what usually happens is the parties run a negative ad, pay a fine, and promise not to do it again… until the next time). Secondly, with Peña Neito's close ties to the small group that controls the media here (mostly the Azucarraga family), it was nearly impossible to get this kind of information out in a format accessible by the majority of voters… i.e., it's been all over the Mexican internet (still the province of the financially better off… even land lines are still a luxury here), and somewhat in circulation, but rumors are all over the place to begin with, so was basically ignored.

  17. Guppy

    Estrada Negrete had been beaten… by Peña Nieto

    Partner abuse is meant to be between one man and one woman! This is just another way the homosexuals are destroying our traditional institutions!

    1. Butch_Wagstaff

      Destroying traditional institutions in ALL countries has always been on "our" agenda. Have you not read the pdf file that outlines all this?

  18. SayItWithWookies

    Rupert Murdoch must be tearing the imaginary hairs off his little bald cranium and wondering why he was wasting his time trying to corrupt the US and England when he could've gotten much better results colluding with the Partido Reprensible Institucionalizada.

    Then again, maybe he just wasn't tough enough to handle Mexican politics and took the easy way out.

  19. Chow Yun Flat

    When Peña Nieto started to beat his wife, Estrada Negrete decided it was time to leave.

    Whatever his prowess in the sack, Estrada Negrete isn't much of a stand-up guy.

  20. jakenstuff

    I just ended a 10 year relationship with Metafilter over this post, which, by the way, is fucking awesome. I linked to it and It seems that the panties of both mods and regular commentators alike simultaneously twisted at your callousness when presenting such a delicate matter. As I was about to explain to them the difference between Wonkette and the Christian Science Monitor and ask them how come a classier publication/blog didn't put this stuff together, my post was deleted which pissed me off to no end. Fuckin prissy little bitches. I may have also sent a profanity laced missive to the mod in question. Viva Wonkette! A carajo con Metafilter.

    1. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

      Metafilter: good for internet ephemera reach, bad for dark-humoured snark-o-rama.

      Welcome.

  21. PubOption

    Was there a presidential debate in Mexico? If there was, why did nobody ask Pena Nieto when he stopped beating his wife?

    1. richmx2

      We had two (well, three, but Peña Neito refused to take part in the third one, sponsored by "yosoy#132"). Both the official ones were tightly controlled, without the free for all of U.S. "debates".

  22. AlterNewt

    Apparently, all across the globe, only one thing stands between 'top tier leaders' and grotesque scandal.

    Scrutiny.

  23. shortsandpants

    And for all these years I've stood up for the idea there were no "militant gays" in the world.

    1. the_problem_child

      Yes, please, Wonkette. Isn't this the perfect way to bridge the divide between central Eurasia and (nominally) North America?

    1. TribecaMike

      Pardon my name-dropping, but a few years ago I bumped into Gus Fring (aka Giancarlo Esposito) at a gallery opening and he was a most charming guy. We spent most of our conversation talking, in Italian, about comic books. Never seen the show, though. If it doesn't have a tardis, I'm usually not interested.

      1. Chet Kincaid

        It is a great series, and if it helps with a sci-fi connection, it's created and run by Vince Gilligan, who used to be one of the main "X-Files" writers. Start from the first season, you'll love it.

  24. Negropolis

    Did soomeone say MURDER!?!

    BTW, tabloid trash. Maybe it's real and maybe it's not, but it's still Larry "I blew Barack in the back of a limosine" Sinclair-level shit. Also, Vince Foster. Too. Tambien.

  25. TribecaMike

    Murderer? Check.
    Attempted murder? Check.
    Batterer? Check.
    Rapist? Check.
    All-around Asshole? Check.
    News Corp supports him? Check.

  26. BaldarTFlagass

    "What you lookin' at? You all a bunch of fuckin' assholes. You know why? You don't have the guts to be what you wanna be. You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your fuckin' fingers and say, "That's the bad guy." So… what that make you? Good? You're not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don't have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. So say good night to the bad guy! Come on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you. Come on. Make way for the bad guy. There's a bad guy comin' through! Better get outta his way! "

  27. BaldarTFlagass

    Dude should have just waited till she got cancer, then fucked around on her and/or dumped her.

  28. oldedinvn

    Fuck everone what is on daylite savins. time & always can comment afor me.
    The 11 or 12 hou differencer fucks me up.

    Please Ms. R . Send me the missives at least an hour before you post them. Your intelligrnt peoples make me feel not to bright.

    the m

  29. SaintRond

    Relations in Mexico are often, how shall I say, complicated?

    Which doesn't take away one bit from the fact that this guy is a complete shit.

  30. ttommyunger

    Shur is a lot of werds just to let us know we've got a corrupt, skirt-chasing fuckwad in charge of the Messicans- again.

  31. EvaRomina

    Peña nieto didn't win the elections! it was a big fraud!! we have protests against him almost everyday in every state in Mexico.. he was announced as the winner when they had just 2% of the preliminary results, and the media keeps controlling the information…but there are all kinds of evidence on the internet…we Mexicans don't recognize him as president!!! he's an idiot!

  32. horsedreamer_1

    It's a politiscandal voltron: a dash of Condit, a smidge of Craig, a scoop of Clinton, a spoonful of Mc Greevey, & an hint of Guckert.

    Musical score by David Bazan.

  33. JJJamison

    "let’s mira at his extramarital affairs." Guys, really? You couldn't find a Spanish-speaking person nearby to check that? It's laughable; I don't know if that's what you were going for. I guess it could be "let's miremos at his extramarital…" or even better, just "miremos at his extra…" I understand then you might lose a lot of non-Spanish speakers, but hey, was sounding like an idiot worth it? I was genuinely curious about this article, but I could not get pass that line. I have a better one, "let's tacos locos at his extramarital affairs." That should do it.

  34. akalmona

    Hi, Im Mexican i, have been reading all of your comments some of them are very interesting, almost everithing you read on the article it´s truth . This man spent on his campaign $14,000,000,000.00 mexican pesos when the limit to spend it was $500,000,000.00 if there were any regulater institution that can´t be bought , the elections had been invalidated. This man oay to the tv since 2006 to promote him till all people knows him as the next president, when he knew he wasn´t going to be able to win , he and all of his team bought the IFE, The institution that make posible the elections, right now there are a judgment in which the citizens have given proves that there were alot of money to buy the Precidency , there are hundreds of videos on you tube, there are thousands of testimonies of people who were threatened with a gun on their heads to obligated to vote for Enrique Peña Nieto. And the tv chains doesn´t say anithing nor the papers cause they are going to be part of the goberment that want to control us. this man and the television chains and the calderon goberment wants to impose to us a President, ¿and Internatinal press has a little of information but not the whole, ¿have you wonder why mexican people didn´t celebrate the victory of this murder when the election´s day finished ? cause more of the 60 % of mexicanm people hate him. they say he won when there was only 1 % of the votes counted. this is my e-mail if somebody wants to know more of this matter akalmona@yahoo.com.mx .

  35. Leonel_LyL

    Ok, first of all, we don't support him in Mexico. He's VERY unpopular. There have been numerous anti-EPN marches all over Mexico for the past 6 months. The reason he won is because of vote-tampering, where they would give him 100 votes instead of 1. Also, he bought votes from people in poor living standards. They don't know anything about politics, and since they don't have tv, radio or internet there's no one to talk bad about EPN.

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