Ricky Martin sues nephew who accused him of incest and harassment for $20 million, says being “being persecuted, harassed, stalked and extorted by a maladjusted person”
False allegations reportedly cost the singer at least $10 million in lost income as a result of cancelled contracts and projects. Ricky Martin (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin has taken legal action against his nephew who accused him of incest and harassment but later withdrew his claims.
On Wednesday, the 50-year-old singer filed a lawsuit against his nephew, Dennis Sánchez Martin, 21, accusing him of extortion.
In court documents, attorneys for Martin said he is “being persecuted, besieged, harassed, stalked and extorted by a maladjusted person” who is seeking to “obtain an economic benefit” or “assassinate (Martin’s) reputation and integrity.”
Martin’s attorneys further wrote in the documents, “The situation has continued despite the defendant voluntarily withdrawing from an action he had commenced against Plaintiff based on falsehoods, during which he admitted under oath that he had never been sexually assaulted by Plaintiff.”
In July, Sánchez made a complaint under Puerto Rico’s Law 54, also known as the Domestic Abuse Prevention and Intervention Act, alleging that he and Martin were romantically involved for seven months. Soon, a judge issued a restraining order against Martine.
Those allegations reportedly cost the singer at least $10 million in lost income as a result of cancelled contracts and projects. The singer is now seeking no less than $20 million in damages.
The lawsuit claimed that from October 2021 to January 2022, Sánchez would constantly send up to 10 messages a day to Martin, the majority of them “meaningless diatribes without any particular purpose.”
It also accused Sánchez of publishing Martin’s private number on Instagram, which forced the singer to change his number. Sánchez allegedly also made an Instagram account for one of his children.
Several months then went by without Sánchez sending a message until he requested the protection order in July against Martin, according to the lawsuit.
It also said Sánchez falsely alleged that he had had a romantic relationship with Martin for seven months and that Martin supposedly did not want the relationship to end and kept calling Sánchez frequently. “Nothing further from the truth,” according to the lawsuit.
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