Velaztiqui claimed he found Jaitt’s mobile phone in his car, when in fact security footage showed him taking it from the room where she was found dead.
The man who led media personality Natacha Jaitt to the Xanadú events facility in Tigre where she was found dead last weekend was arrested on Wednesday for giving alleged “false testimony” to authorities.
Raúl Velaztiqui Duarte, 47, was Jaitt’s friend and producer. The businessman lied to investigators on three occasions about the circumstances surrounding her death at the facility, according to Buenos Aires province’s Attorney General Julio Conte Grand.
“There were some noticeable contradictions in the declarations he made yesterday and those made on the weekend,” Conte Grand said Wednesday, speaking with cable news station Todo Noticias.
Jaitt’s death has sparked a wave of conspiracy theories on social media and among entertainment personalities, who suggest the 41-year-old was murdered as pay back for threats she made throughout 2018 to reveal the identities of sports and entertainment personalities with links to child prostitution.
Jaitt, a well-known media personality, previously worked as a model, actress, escort, and TV and radio presenter. Known to have formerly been a drug user, those closest to her insisted that – despite recent media reports about the circumstances surrounding her death – Jaitt was no longer consuming drugs.
The arrest “changes the outlook” of the investigation, Jaitt family lawyer Alejandro Cipolla told reporters, since authorities can no longer “deny the possibility of an anterior motive” on the part of Velaztiqui.
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