SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin filed a suit Wednesday against his nephew accusing him of extortion, malicious persecution, maltreatment of instrumentality and damages stemming from mendacious allegations of intersexual abuse.
Martin’s lawyers said the assertion by the nephew, which helium has since recanted, has outgo the vocalist millions of dollars successful mislaid income.
The suit filed successful the U.S. territory’s Court of First Instance alleges that Martin has been “persecuted, besieged, harassed, stalked and extorted” by his “troubled” nephew for economical reasons. It further alleges that if the nephew does not get immoderate fiscal benefit, helium would proceed to “assassinate the estimation and integrity of the artist.”
The suit contends the harassment has continued adjacent though Martin’s nephew, identified arsenic Dennis Yadiel Sánchez Martin, admitted nether oath successful July that helium had ne'er been sexually assaulted by the artist.
Sánchez had antecedently taken ineligible enactment against his uncle based connected those mendacious allegations, which prompted a justice successful Puerto Rico to contented a restraining bid against Martin successful July that a tribunal aboriginal suspended.
Those allegations outgo Martin astatine slightest $10 cardinal successful mislaid income arsenic a effect of canceled contracts and projects arsenic good arsenic $20 cardinal successful damages to his reputation, according to the lawsuit.
The lawyer who represented Sánchez successful that lawsuit could not beryllium instantly reached for comment. It wasn’t wide if she besides would beryllium representing Sánchez successful the suit filed Wednesday.
The suit stated that from October 2021 to January 2022, Sánchez would nonstop up to 10 messages a time to Martin, the bulk of them “meaningless diatribes without immoderate peculiar purpose.”
It besides accused Sánchez of publishing Martin’s backstage fig connected Instagram, which forced the vocalist to alteration his number.
Several months past went by without Sánchez sending a connection until helium requested the extortion bid successful July against Martin, according to the lawsuit.
It besides said Sánchez falsely alleged that helium had had a romanticist narration with Martin for 7 months and that Martin supposedly did not privation the narration to extremity and kept calling Sánchez with frequency.
“Nothing further from the truth,” according to the lawsuit.
It besides said 2 restraining orders had antecedently been filed against Sánchez successful an unrelated stalking case.