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'La Malquerida' Cast Member Victoria Ruffo on Mexico First Lady Angelica Rivera $7M Mansion Scandal: We Don't Make Hollywood Money

First Posted: Dec 11, 2014 02:22 PM EST
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Recently, "La Malquerida" star Victoria Ruffo made statements that made Mexican first lady Angelica Rivera's claims that she was able to afford her and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's $7 million mansion because of her long career as an actress. 

Instead of silencing critics, Rivera's claim only gave people more ammo to attack her. Many said that there was no way she was making enough money working in telenovelas to afford a house that lavish.

Ruffo, who has worked on telenovelas since the late 1970s, was asked by the team at "El Gordo y La Flaca" if she had nabbed million dollar contracts like "La Gaviota."

"Well, I don't think we make too much money," she said. "I've been working for 38 years, and I've saved part of what I have earned."

Ruffo then explained that her mother taught her to be very cautious with her money. Therefore, if she had something like $5, she would save half of it, but this doesn't mean that she could afford a $7 million mansion.

"It's not Hollywood," she said.

Ruffo is not the only one who has refuted Rivera's words.

Actress Ana de la Reguera, who has worked in both telenovelas and Hollywood, slammed the first lady's words in mid-November.

"Why did I go to Azteca and then to L.A. if Televisa pays so well," she said via Twitter.

In her statement, Rivera said that her reputation was being attacked but she has nothing to hide.

"I have worked my whole life, and thanks to that, I am an independent woman," she said according to People en Espanol.

The scandal came at a time of extreme despair for Mexicans. The university students who were missing had been reported as dead by Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam.

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