Ricky Martin responds after accusations of domestic violence emerge

Sunday - 17/07/2022 06:55
The Livin’ La Vida Loca singer has denied domestic violence and incest allegations levelled at him by his nephew.

Singer Ricky Martin is denying bombshell domestic violence allegations by his own nephew, which could land the pop star behind bars for 50 years.

Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, 21, was identified as Ricky’s accuser in the case over in Puerto Rico, meaning the incident could possibly involve incest.
Ricky’s brother, Eric, reportedly identified Sanchez as the alleged victim as Ricky is scheduled to appear in court on July 21.

Puerto Rican law has stricter penalties for certain sexual crimes when the alleged victim and the accuser are related, but it’s not specifically known what Ricky is facing.

Martin is accused of ‘exercising physical and psychological attacks’ on Sanchez during their seven-month relationship, which ended about two months ago.
 

Ricky Martin has hit back against allegations of domestic violence. Picture: Eva Marie UZCATEGUI/AFP
Ricky Martin has hit back against allegations of domestic violence. Picture: Eva Marie UZCATEGUI/AFP
 

When reached by The Post on Friday, Martin’s attorney Marty Singer said, “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. But, most of all, we look forward to this awful case being dismissed as soon as a judge gets to look at the facts,” Singer said.

Spanish news website Marca reported that Ricky would face up to 50 years if he’s convicted.

“The allegations against Ricky Martin that lead to a protection order are completely false and fabricated,” said Ricky’s reps in a statement to People.

“We are very confident that when the true facts come out in this matter our client Ricky Martin will be fully vindicated.”
 

Spanish news website Marca reported that Ricky would face up to 50 years if he’s convicted. Picture: Bridget BENNETT/AFP
Spanish news website Marca reported that Ricky would face up to 50 years if he’s convicted. Picture: Bridget BENNETT/AFP
 

Ricky also made a statement on Twitter writing, “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 characterise me.

“Because it is an ongoing legal matter, I cannot make detailed statements at this time. I am grateful for the countless messages of solidarity, and I receive them with all my heart.”
 


The Grammy Award-winning singer was accused of domestic violence earlier this month and the alleged victim’s identity was unknown until now.

The victim got a temporary restraining order against Ricky, who has denied all of the allegations.

Marca reported that Sanchez allegedly ended a seven-month relationship with his famous uncle, which Ricky allegedly did not take well and continued to contact his nephew and show up at his home.

Ricky is the most awarded male Latin artist with over 200 awards, including two Grammys, five Latin Grammys, five MTV Video Music Awards and three Billboard Music Awards.

He has also received an Emmy nomination for his acting work and was honoured in 2007 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Sun has reached out to Ricky Martin’s management but has not received word back at this time.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and The New York Post and has been reproduced with permission.


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