Actress Juana Viale has had her share of controversy over the years as an actress for her aggressive attitude with the press and her personal life which has in many respects shared some of the same characteristics of a soap opera with the on/off relationship with her current partner Gonzalo Valenzuela.
In most of her roles as a star telenovela actress she plays the role of a villain but in this particular circumstance one can legitimately make the claim that she is the victim.
Claudia Belli Alto, her grade six teacher at the school for young ladies "Blue Bell" has come forth with the allegation that Juana Viale, the granddaughter of Mirtha Legrand, was illiterate in the sixth grade and that the teacher was subject to intimidation and bullying when she recommended that the issue be brought to the attention of her parents, renowned television host Marcela Tinayre and Ignancio Vail Rai.
She stated that the situation with Juana Viale started to escalate when she expressed concerns over the fact that she was basically unable or unwilling to participate in class and she was uncomfortable with moving her forward to the seventh grade.
When she eventually met with Marcela Tinayre she made it clear that she was "more important than making sure things come to school" which she interpreted to mean Juana Viale's schoolwork. Following the meeting the school administrator allegedly apologized and a last response was made stating "Agnes, you know how this ends".
Two weeks later, Claudia Belli Alto claim she was fired.
The alleged events took place 22 years prior in 1998 and entertainment insiders feel that while some may not agree with some of Juana Viale's public conduct the revealing of private information about a young elementary school girl whether it is true or not is inappropriate.
Some entertainment insiders feel that it could be the plot for a great telenovela episode and thus could be used to address the issue of illiteracy but it is also an example of power, influence and how a child can be the victim of a power struggle between adults and how some adults never seem to 'grow up'.
Juana Viale, for once, the victim and not the villain in a soap opera in the plot should have been hers to reveal and not that of someone who was in a position of trusted authority.