SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin filed a lawsuit Wednesday against his nephew, accusing him of extortion, malicious stalking, abuse of law and damages — in connection with false allegations of sexual assault.
Martin’s lawyers said the nephew’s lawsuit, which he later dropped, cost the singer millions of dollars in lost income.
The lawsuit, filed in a U.S. court of first instance, alleges that Martin was “harassed, besieged, harassed, harassed and extorted” by his “troubled” nephew for economic reasons. It is further stated that if the nephew does not receive any financial benefit, he will continue to “undermine the artist’s reputation and integrity”.
The lawsuit alleges that the harassment continues despite the fact that Martin’s nephew, known as Dennis Yadiel Sánchez Martin, admitted under oath in July that he had never been sexually assaulted by the artist.
Sanchez had previously sued his uncle based on these false allegations, prompting a judge in Puerto Rico to issue a restraining order against Martin in July, which the court later suspended.
According to the lawsuit, these allegations cost Martin at least $10 million in lost profits from canceled contracts and projects, as well as $20 million in damage to his reputation.
The lawyer who represented Sanchez in this case could not be contacted. It was unclear if she would also represent Sanchez in the lawsuit filed on Wednesday.
The lawsuit stated that from October 2021 to January 2022, Sanchez will send Martin up to 10 messages a day, most of which are “meaningless diatribes with no specific purpose.”
He also accused Sanchez of posting Martin’s personal number on Instagram, which forced the singer to change his number.
Months went by and Sanchez didn’t send a single message until he filed a protective order against Martin in July, according to the lawsuit.
It also stated that Sanchez falsely claimed that he had been romantically involved with Martin for seven months and that Martin allegedly did not want the relationship to end and continued to call Sanchez frequently.
“Nothing further from the truth,” the lawsuit says.
It also states that two restraining orders had previously been issued against Sanchez in an unrelated stalking case.
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