Mexican Pop Star Kalimba's Rape Allegations Grip Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Grisly details of the case fill prime-time Mexican television; risque jokes on it are splashed across front pages; gossip about it flows from coffee shops to street corners.

And this court case has nothing to do with a drug war that has claimed 34,00 lives and been declared a national security problem.

Instead it focuses on what happened -- or didn't happen -- in the hotel room of one pop singer.

Kalimba Marichal, a 28-year-old Latin crooner, is accused of hitting and raping a 17-year-old girl after a concert in the Caribbean city of Chetumal.

Kalimba, as he is commonly known, denies the charges.

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