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19 Jul 2022

Ricky Martin's nephew alleges sexual relationship as domestic abuse claims escalate

An attorney acting for Ricky Martin says the singer strenuously denies allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 21-year-old nephew.,

Ricky Martin has denied the recent allegations that led to him being issued with a restraining order.
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.
Police spokesman Axel Valencia refused to tell the publication who requested the restraining order, as the party’s anonymity is secured under Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law.
On July 3, The Associated Press reported that judge Raiza Cajigas Campbell had signed off on the order last Friday (July 1), although police were unable to discern Martin’s whereabouts until the following day.
It is said that the order will expire on July 21, upon which Martin and the petitioner will be summoned to a formal court hearing. Valencia, however, told TAP that such orders are typically valid for at least one month. A judge will ultimately determine its longevity at that hearing.
Martin denied the accusations in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday (July 4). “The protection order entered against me is based on completely false allegations, so I will respond through the judicial process with the facts and dignity that characterize me,” he wrote.
“Because it is an ongoing legal matter, I cannot make detailed statements at this time.”
He continued: “I am grateful for the countless messages of solidarity, and I receive them with all my heart. Ricky Martin.” You can see the message in the tweet below.
A representative for Martin had previously claimed that the allegations were “completely false and fabricated”, per Billboard.
“We are very confident that when the true facts come out in this matter our client Ricky Martin will be fully vindicated.”
It was noted that the petitioner did not attempt to make direct contact with the police, and instead sent his request for a restraining order against Martin directly to the court.
Ricky Martin is best known for his 1999 hits ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ and ‘She’s All I Ever Had’, both of which appeared on his eponymous fifth (and first English-language) studio album (self-titled).
His latest release was the ‘Pausa EP’, which landed in May 2020 and is set to be followed up with another EP, ‘Play’, at some point this year.

An attorney acting for Ricky Martin says the singer strenuously denies allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 21-year-old nephew.,

Earlier this month, Martin, 50, was served with a restraining order and allegations of domestic abuse in Puerto Rico. At the time, no details about who requested the restraining order were released.

Martin vowed to fight the claims, with a representative calling them, “completely false and fabricated.”

At the end of last week, media outlet Marca said that the restraining order had been filed by one of Martin’s nephews. The younger man claims he had a seven-month-long sexual relationship with his uncle.

He said when he broke it off a couple of months ago, Martin reacted badly and harassed him over the decision, prompting the legal action.

Responding to the claims, Martin’s lawyer Marty Singer told Deadline on Friday, “Unfortunately, the person who made this claim is struggling with deep mental health challenges. Ricky Martin has, of course, never been — and would never be– involved in any kind of sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew. The idea is not only untrue, it is disgusting.”

“We all hope that this man gets the help he so urgently needs,” Singer said. “But, most of all, we look forward to this awful case being dismissed as soon as a judge gets to look at the facts.”

This statement was echoed by Martin’s own younger half-brother, Eric Martin. In a Facebook Live posting on Friday, Eric also claimed the nephew—the son of another sibling—had “mental problems” and is now estranged from the family.

The case will go to court in Puerto Rico on July 21. If found guilty of incest, Martin faces a potential jail sentence of up to 50 years.

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.

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