"My father is a monster"

João de Deus' daughter says she was also abused by her father. In an interview with Brazilian magazine Veja, Dalva said she was first abused at the age of 10. Media reports say the medium is under preventive custody

João de Deus' daughter Dalva Teixeira (49) says she was sexually abused by her father between the age of 10 and 14. She was then impregnated by one of the men working for her father, who beat her up as a punishment for that situation. Dalva, for whom João de Deus "is a monster," is one of the over 300 women who claim to have been sexually abused by the Brazilian medium. Dalva has already told the Public Prosecutor's Office about her father's atrocities.

Her testimony, which will be published on this week's edition of Veja magazine, recounts that the abuses occurred until she was 14, when she was impregnated by one of João's employees and beaten up by the medium, whom she calls a "monster."

"He took me to his room, took my clothes off, and I found it very strange. Then I asked him: 'What are you doing?' And he said: 'Papa is going to make a spiritual work for you with Dom Inácio de Loyola'." This is the beginning of the story of Dalva Teixeira, who only met her father at the age of 9, when she moved in with him because her mother was from a "humble family" and wanted her daughter to study in the city of Anápolis. "That's when all hell broke loose in my life."

The abuses went on for four years. "My father found out that I was pregnant, he beat me up a lot, with a stick, that thing for lassoing cattle, with a concrete ball on the tip... I left the hospital and went to my aunt's place with a nurse, because I was bleeding... He stepped on my stomach a lot. He would say: 'I'm going to kill you, you're pregnant'," Dalva told Veja.

The medium's daughter says she later took refuge in drinking and drugs. In 2016, her children filed a lawsuit against their grandfather. They eventually withdrew the lawsuit, due to João de Deus' threats. But then over 300 women filed complaints against him, so Dalva decided to tell the world what happened.

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