Ricky Martin‘s name has officially been cleared!
After the “King of Latin Pop” was accused of having an unsolicited sexual relationship with his 21-year-old nephew, the alleged victim dropped the case.
During a hearing on Thursday, July 21, a Puerto Rican judge dismissed the temporary protection order that the accuser previously filed against his uncle.
Ricky Martin Freed From Legal Battle After Appearing Via Zoom
The battle is over as the incest allegations against the Grammy winner have been dropped by the plaintiff, who no longer wished to pursue the matter.
The “Canción Bonita” singer appeared in court virtually via Zoom after his nephew requested his presence at the hearing of their abuse case.
As for what went down, the Latin sensation’s legal representatives; Joaquín Monserrate Matienzo, Carmelo Dávila, and Harry Mansanet Pastrano, explained the situation in a joint statement:
“The accuser confirmed to the court that his decision to dismiss the matter was his alone, without any outside influence or pressure and the accuser confirmed he was satisfied with his legal representation in the matter.”
The 21-year-old, who started the legal battle by anonymously filing a restraining order against his uncle, claimed he dated the “Pégate” artist for seven months before their breakup.
According to the plaintiff, the King of Latin Music did not accept the alleged couple’s separation, resulting in the 50-year-old harassing his nephew by loitering around the man’s home.
Martin’s lawyers did not seem shocked by the accuser’s sudden dismissal of his incest allegations, stating that they had “anticipated” the end of the temporary protection order. The Puerto Rico-based attorneys said:
“This was never anything more than a troubled individual making false allegations with absolutely nothing to substantiate them. We are glad that our client saw justice done and can now move forward with his life and his career.”
Ambiente afuera del Tribunal de San Juan, donde el artista Ricky Martin, responderá oficialmente a señalamientos de su sobrino en una vista de orden de protección. El proceso es uno civil y confidencial. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/mnzmBZHS5V
— Bárbara J. Figueroa (@Barbarajosefina) July 21, 2022
As previously reported by The Blast, news of the “Maria” singer’s trouble with the law began circulating after the Puerto Rico Police Bureau announced that a protection order had been issued against the Pop star.
Local authorities filed the temporary restraining order against the five-time ALMA Award winner on June 2, after an unnamed petitioner accused the San Juan native of domestic violence.
Instead of following the typical routine of suing Martin through the police department, the accuser requested the protection order directly from the court.
The alleged victim might have chosen this route because law enforcers would not issue a restraining order if there were no conclusive evidence to back the allegations.
Martin would have faced up to 50 years in prison if he had been convicted of inbreeding with his nephew, as Puerto Rican laws did not tolerate incest.
Fortunately, the two-time AMA winner escaped this tragic fate following his accuser’s decision to withdraw the distasteful allegations.
As for why his nephew chose to end the case, the answer remains unclear. However, this could be because of a paid settlement or an NDA, as most celebrity cases typically follow this pattern.
The ‘Tal Vez’ Singer’s Half-Brother Revealed His Accuser’s Identity
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) July 4, 2022
As shared by The Blast, one of the Pop icon’s half-brothers, Eric Martin, revealed the identity of the “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer’s domestic violence accuser.
Dennis Yadiel Sánchez, whose name had been protected by the authorities, is the son of the San Juan native’s stepsister, Vanessa.
This revelation added incest to the list of allegations filed by the 21-year-old. According to leaked court documents, Sánchez accused his uncle of mental and physical abuse.
The alleged victim stated he needed a restraining order against the “Nobody Wants to Be Lonely” singer, who would invade his home in a drunken state to harass him.
At the time, these allegations made headlines as it marked the second lawsuit that had been filed against the Billboard chart-topper.
Rebecca Drucker, the Puerto Rican native’s former manager, started a legal battle with the “Les Misérables” Broadway star over a million-dollar debt.
According to the plaintiff, who filed the lawsuit at the Los Angeles Central District Court, the entertainer owed her over $3 million in unpaid commissions.
In her legal filing, Drucked claimed that the 18-time ASCAP Award winner forced her resignation in April after “manipulating, regularly lying, and underpaying” the former manager for years of services.