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Peruvian president’s online corruption trial is interrupted by a gyrating Brazilian male stripper

Peru’s president’s online corruption trial is interrupted by a gyrating Brazilian male stripper with a lawyer blaming ‘computer crime’

  • Male Stripper Invades Online Hearing Over Peruvian President Corruption
  • Video surfaced of president’s lawyer blaming ‘computer crime’
  • The interruption interrupted the hearing on corruption for a while
  • Unpopular President Pedro Castillo is accused of leading a corruption plot

Lawyers in Peru got a little nervous when their online hearing on corruption by the country’s president was interrupted by a video of a dancing male stripper.

The incongruous images of well-known internet meme Ricardo Milos temporarily halted a virtual public hearing on the behavior of Peruvian President Pedro Castillo.

Fingers were pointed at a member of the president’s defense team, who said he was the victim of “computer crime.”

“The video appeared abruptly, giving the impression that it was coming from my account, which I decline,” Benji Espinosa told Reuters by phone.

“They show very evocative images,” prosecutor Samuel Rojas said as the images of the Milos appeared on screens during the hearing.

Ricardo Milos rose to fame as a meme in 2018, when people on TikTok started using his dance in bait-and-switch videos to surprise unsuspecting viewers.

The unexpected content appeared as Rojas explained the reasons why Castillo should be investigated.

The hearing was publicly broadcast on the Judiciary’s television channel, and the offending clip was later widely shared on Twitter.

An online hearing on corruption by Peruvian President Pedro Castillo was interrupted by a video of a dancing male stripper

An online hearing on corruption by Peruvian President Pedro Castillo was interrupted by a video of a dancing male stripper

Fingers were pointed at Benji Espinosa, a member of the president's defense team, who said he was the victim of

Fingers were pointed at Benji Espinosa, a member of the president’s defense team, who said he was the victim of “computer crime”

“They show very evocative images,” said prosecutor Samuel Rojas (pictured) as the images of the Milos appeared on screens during the hearing.

“They show very evocative images,” said prosecutor Samuel Rojas (pictured) as the images of the Milos appeared on screens during the hearing.

President Pedro Castillo is accused of leading a corruption plot involving his former Minister of Transport and Communications, Juan Silva, who is currently in hiding.

President Pedro Castillo is accused of leading a corruption plot involving his former Minister of Transport and Communications, Juan Silva, who is currently in hiding.

Ricardo Milos rose to fame as a meme in 2018, when people on TikTok started using his dance in bait-and-switch videos to surprise unsuspecting viewers

Ricardo Milos rose to fame as a meme in 2018, when people on TikTok started using his dance in bait-and-switch videos to surprise unsuspecting viewers

A Supreme Court judge is reviewing a request to investigate whether the president led a plot to annul corruption involving his former Minister of Transport and Communications, Juan Silva, who is currently in hiding, pending.

This week, Interpol issued a warrant for the arrest of Silva for alleged crimes committed by criminal organizations and collusion in awarding public works to Peruvian and Chinese construction companies for the construction of the Tarata Bridge in northern Peru.

The president’s legal defense team is trying to prevent prosecutors from questioning him during a hearing scheduled for Friday.

The video of Milos appeared via the user account of Benji Espinosa, a member of Castillo’s defense team, leading to a brief suspension of the hearing.

Espinosa denied he was responsible for the video, saying he was the victim of “computer crime.”

The government of Preuvian President Pedro Castillo has been rocked this month by mass protests in Lima

The government of Preuvian President Pedro Castillo has been rocked by mass protests in Lima this month

During the demonstration, there were clashes with Peru's National Police who demanded the president's resignation

During the demonstration, there were clashes with Peru’s National Police who demanded the president’s resignation

A protester waves a sign during a demonstration that reads: Castillo!  Don't be a thief!

A protester waves a sign during a demonstration that reads: Castillo! Don’t be a thief!

“The video appeared abruptly, giving the impression that it came from my account, which I decline,” Espinosa told Reuters by phone.

The lawyer added that he filed a complaint with the judge, claiming that the incident “shows that the virtual system of the judiciary is fragile.”

Left-wing President Castillo is currently under scrutiny for alleged corruption in his government, social protests and a decline in popularity after 10 months in power.

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