Ricky Martin sues nephew for $20 million over allegations

Greater than a month after his nephew dropped his allegations of incest and harassment, Ricky Martin is not backing down.

After saying in July that he wanted time to heal from the scandal, the Puerto Rican famous person now seeks $20 million in damages, in keeping with a brand new lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The authorized doc, which lists Martin because the plaintiff and his nephew Dennis Yadiel Sanchez Martin because the defendant, alleges that the “Livin’ la Vida Loca” singer has been “persecuted, besieged, harassed, stalked and extorted by a maladjusted person.”

The go well with describes the defendant as somebody “whose interest is to obtain an economic benefit or, in the alternative, will continue his eagerness to assassinate the reputation and integrity of the artist.”

Martin, 50, is suing his nephew because of his “reckless, malicious and culpable actions.” The go well with alleges that the Latin pop artist has had “multimillion dollar-contracts and present and future artistic projects cancelled” for the reason that allegations.

On July 1, an nameless petitioner filed for a civil safety order in opposition to Martin beneath Act 54, Puerto Rico’s home violence regulation. The petitioner claimed that he and performer engaged in an affair over the course of seven months.

The petitioner additionally alleged that Martin referred to as him just lately and loitered round his residence on three separate events upon ending the connection, inflicting the petitioner to “fear for his safety.”

The singer’s brother, Eric Martin, revealed the accuser to be Martin’s 21-year-old nephew.

Days after the petition was filed, Martin, who’s been married to artist Jwan Yosef since 2017, denied the allegations in a press release posted to his social media accounts.

“The protection order entered against me is based on completely false allegations, so I will respond through the judicial process with the facts and the dignity that characterize me,” Martin’s assertion mentioned.

The singer’s lawyer then doubled down, asserting that his consumer has “never been — and would never be — involved in any kind of sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew.”

On July 21, Martin’s nephew withdrew his claims, simply at some point earlier than Martin’s two-night stand on the Hollywood Bowl, the place followers expressed their help.

“I’m glad these claims were proven to be false, but I’m going to tell you the truth, it has been so painful — it has been devastating for me, for my family, for my friends,” Martin mentioned in a video assertion obtained by TMZ the identical day the allegations have been dropped. “I don’t wish this upon anybody.”

He added: “To the person who was claiming this nonsense, I wish him the best, and I wish he finds the help so he can start a new life filled with love and truth and joy, and he doesn’t hurt anyone else. Now, my priority is to heal … with music.”

Instances employees writers Suzy Exposito, Christi Carras and Kenan Draughorne contributed to this report.