Ricky Martin Sues His Nephew For $20 Million Over False Sexual Abuse Allegations

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican celebrity Ricky Martin filed a lawsuit Wednesday towards his nephew accusing him of extortion, malicious persecution, abuse of regulation and damages stemming from false allegations of sexual abuse.

Martin’s attorneys mentioned the declare by the nephew, which he has since recanted, has value the singer hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in misplaced earnings.

The lawsuit filed within the U.S. territory’s Court docket of First Occasion alleges that Martin has been “persecuted, besieged, harassed, stalked and extorted” by his “troubled” nephew for financial causes. It additional alleges that if the nephew doesn’t acquire any monetary profit, he would proceed to “assassinate the reputation and integrity of the artist.”

The lawsuit contends the harassment has continued although Martin’s nephew, recognized as Dennis Yadiel Sánchez Martin, admitted below oath in July that he had by no means been sexually assaulted by the artist.

Sánchez had beforehand taken authorized motion towards his uncle primarily based on these false allegations, which prompted a choose in Puerto Rico to situation a restraining order towards Martin in July {that a} courtroom later suspended.

These allegations value Martin a minimum of $10 million in misplaced earnings because of canceled contracts and tasks in addition to $20 million in damages to his repute, in accordance with the lawsuit.

The lawyer who represented Sánchez in that case couldn’t be instantly reached for remark. It wasn’t clear if she additionally could be representing Sánchez within the lawsuit filed Wednesday.

FILE: Ricky Martin attends amfAR Gala Cannes 2022 in Might. The singer claims false sexual abuse allegations towards him have value him hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in misplaced earnings.

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The lawsuit said that from October 2021 to January 2022, Sánchez would ship as much as 10 messages a day to Martin, the vast majority of them “meaningless diatribes without any particular purpose.”

It additionally accused Sánchez of publishing Martin’s non-public quantity on Instagram, which pressured the singer to alter his quantity.

A number of months then glided by with out Sánchez sending a message till he requested the safety order in July towards Martin, in accordance with the lawsuit.

It additionally mentioned Sánchez falsely alleged that he had had a romantic relationship with Martin for seven months and that Martin supposedly didn’t need the connection to finish and stored calling Sánchez with frequency.

“Nothing further from the truth,” in accordance with the lawsuit.

It additionally mentioned two restraining orders had beforehand been filed towards Sánchez in an unrelated stalking case.