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Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld, known in the world of Hispanic entertainment as Don Francisco, revealed in ‘Something Personal with Jorge Ramos’ how he faced an accusation for alleged sexual harassment and another episode with an alleged unrecognized son.
In chapter 5 of the Jorge Ramos series, Don Francisco spoke candidly about some of the difficult issues and situations in his personal and professional life.
The presenter, for 53 years, of ‘Sábado Gigante’, spoke of the strong accusation made by a Chilean journalist a couple of years ago
Laura Landaeta published in The counter in 2018 that Mario Kreutzberger allegedly offered electrical appliances in exchange for “sexual favors”; He also explained that the first accusations were made in 1994 in Chile.
Another scandal that he lived through was in 2011. A Chilean named Patricio Abraham Flores Mundaca filed a claim for alleged paternity against Don Francisco in his country.
“Later it was shown in both cases that they were not (true) (…) In neither of the two things had I committed them,” The presenter of ‘Sábado Gigante’ responded to Jorge Ramos.
In the Ramos program, he highlighted that on both occasions Don Francisco came out publicly to face the accusations.
“If you have not done something, (you have to) face it; And if you have, accept it.”
said the Chilean in ‘Something Personal’.
He took his children to the psychiatrist
Giant Saturday was the show in which the character Don Francisco was born. The program was first broadcast in Chile, where it was on the air from 1962 to 1992. Then, in the US through Univision, from 1986 to 2015.
For many years Mario Kreutzberger was very focused on work and his family felt his “absence”. For that reason the legendary television presenter he feels “indebted” to his children: Patricio, Vivian and Francisco.
“I had to take my children to the psychiatrist, the psychiatrist asked them to draw a picture and they made the big mom, the eldest son, then the sister came, then the younger brother and a guy who was falling out of the photo was me ( …) Then the guy called me and said: ‘That’s you’, that really hit me”.
Don Mario counted.
Since that episode, he decided to take every Tuesday to dedicate quality time to his family and preserve the mental health of his children.
At 82 years old, Mario Kreutzberger is still active working. He currently has a podcast and a series of interviews for CNN en Español. In addition, he continues to publish books under his authorship.
“To retire is to hang the soul.”
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