Ricky Martin is accused of domestic violence and incest by his nephew, Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, and the singer’s lawyer denies all the allegations.
Earlier this month, Martin, 50, was slapped with a restraining order in an incident in Puerto Rico, but the accuser’s name was originally withheld. According to Spanish news site Marca, Martin’s brother, Eric Martin, revealed the identity of the accuser as his 21-year-old nephew.
Sanchez recently identified Martin, her uncle, as her alleged attacker.
“Unfortunately, the person who made this claim is struggling with serious mental health issues,” Marty Singer, Martin’s attorney, told Fox News Digital.
“Of course, Ricky Martin has never been – and never would be – involved in any sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew. The idea is not only wrong, it’s disgusting.”
Singer continued, “We all hope this man gets the help he so urgently needs. But, most of all, we look forward to seeing this terrible case thrown out as soon as a judge can review the facts.”
CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 26: Ricky Martin performs live during the amfAR Cannes 2022 Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 26, 2022 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/amfAR/Getty Images)
According to Sanchez, Martin “exerted physical and psychological attacks” against him. Marca reported that the family members were in a seven-month relationship which ended two months ago. Sanchez would be the son of Martin’s half-sister.
Per Marca, Martin continued to reach out to Sanchez, which resulted in the restraining order being filed in Puerto Rico on July 1.
The outlet noted that Puerto Rico’s incest laws could send Martin to prison for 50 years, if the allegations turn out to be true. The singer is expected to return to Puerto Rico on July 21 for his trial.
Martin appears to be coming back to life as he was seen on the set of “Mrs. American Pie” in Los Angeles on Friday.
After the restraining order was filed, Martin took to Twitter to deny the allegations.
“The order of protection issued against me is based on completely false allegations, so I will respond through the legal process with the facts and the dignity that characterizes me,” he wrote on social media.
“Because this is an ongoing legal case, I cannot make detailed statements at this time. I am grateful for the countless messages of solidarity and receive them with all my heart.”
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