Ricky Martin denies nephew’s domestic violence allegation

A lawyer for Ricky Martin has denied domestic violence allegations made by his 21-year-old nephew.

In a statement issued to Variety on Friday, Martin’s attorney, Marty Singer, insisted the performer “never was — and never would be — involved in any type of sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew.”

Singer’s testimony comes less than a month after the “Livin’ la Vida Loca” hitmaker denied “completely false allegations” related to a temporary restraining order against him in Puerto Rico. Spanish news agency Marca later reported that the Grammy winner’s brother Eric Martin identified the petitioner as Martin’s nephew.

Martin’s nephew has not commented publicly on the injunction.

“Unfortunately, the person who made this claim is struggling with deep mental health issues,” Singer continued in his statement.

“The idea is not only untrue, it’s disgusting. We all hope this man gets the help he so desperately needs. But most of all, we look forward to seeing this horrific case dismissed once a judge sees the facts.”

Earlier this month, a Puerto Rican judge approved an injunction barring the musician and actor from contacting the person who filed it. The petitioner, who was not named at the time, reportedly dated Martin for seven months before filing the complaint under the Puerto Rico Domestic Violence Act.

According to Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero, the order accused the American Crime Story star of refusing to break off his alleged relationship with the petitioner and repeatedly loitering near the petitioner’s home after they broke off the relationship. The complaint alleged that “the petitioner fears for his safety”.

“The protection order issued against me is based on totally false allegations, so I will respond at the trial with the facts and dignity that characterize me,” Martin said in a statement released July 3.

“Because this is an ongoing legal matter, I am unable to give any detailed statements at this time. I am grateful for the countless expressions of solidarity and accept them with all my heart.”

A judge will decide at an upcoming hearing whether to quash or uphold the order against Martin, who has been married to concept artist Jwan Yosef since 2017. According to TMZ, Martin is scheduled to appear in court on July 21.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-07-17/ricky-martin-nephew-domestic-violence-lawyer-statement Ricky Martin denies nephew’s domestic violence allegation

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