Ricky Martin has denied the recent allegations that led to him being issued with a restraining order by a court in Puerto Rico.
According to Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero, the Latin singer dated the petitioner for seven months before the pair separated two months ago. However, it’s said that Martin did not “accept” the break-up, and had repeatedly attempted to make contact with his former partner.
Martin is accused of calling the petitioner frequently, and of being seen loitering outside of his residence on at least three occasions, leading the petitioner to fear for his safety. Martin has been ordered to refrain from making any contact with the petitioner, physically or via telecommunication, extending to emails and social media.
The identity of the petitioner - the alleged victim - remains confidential.
Posting to his Twitter account, Martin has denied the allegations and confirmed he will be responding through the judicial process.
Who is Ricky Martin?
Born in 1971 in Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin began his singing career at the age of 12 as a member of boy-band Menudo.
Martin went on to launch a solo career in 1991 and has since sold over 70 million albums – making him one of the best-selling Latin music artists of all time.
Martin began publicly discussing his sexuality in 2010, putting to an end years of tabloid speculation.
Martin married Jwan Yosef in January 2018. Their family now includes four children.