Ricky Martin takes another step forward after wrongful sexual assault allegation


Singer Ricky Martin has filed a mammoth lawsuit against his nephew, who accused him of sexual abuse before dropping his complaint.

On Wednesday, Martin filed a $20 million ($29 million) lawsuit against Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, who claimed he had a seven-month incestuous relationship with the 51-year-old.

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Sanchez, 21, is the son of Martin’s half-sister, Vanessa Martin.

Sanchez claimed that when the relationship ended, Martin turned to drugs and alcohol and began stalking his house, forcing him into a restraining order.

Martin strenuously denied all allegations, and Sanchez eventually withdrew his allegations.

But according to Martin’s new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Sanchez kept taking aim at the singer.

The Livin’ La Vida Loca singer said he was “persecuted, besieged, harassed, stalked and extorted by an unsuitable person”.

Ricky Martin. Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage

The lawsuit alleged that a month after retracting his allegations, Sanchez began messaging him via Instagram, threatening “to murder his reputation and integrity” unless Martin paid him.

Martin claimed Sanchez bombarded him with messages, sometimes as many as 10 a day, over a four-month period.

He said the messages were clearly sent by an “unsuitable individual”.

Martin also alleged that Sanchez posted the singer’s private phone number on his own Instagram account.

The singer said he lost numerous multimillion-dollar contracts as a result of his nephew’s allegations.

Ricky Martin performs onstage on August 4, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Omar Vega/Getty Images

He added that he and his family now feel “in danger” of living in Puerto Rico and want a judge to order Sanchez to refrain from communication.

After Sanchez withdrew his allegations, a judge granted a temporary restraining order rather than a permanent one.

Martin lives in Puerto Rico with her husband Jwan Yosef, to whom he has been married since 2017, and their four children.

In a video statement to NBC News after the allegations were dropped, Martin said he was unable to defend himself immediately after Sanchez brought the charges “because I was following a procedure where the law forced me not to speak until I was in front of the judge”.

“It was devastating for me, for my family, for my friends,” he said.

“I don’t wish that on anyone.

“To the person who said this nonsense, I wish him the best and I hope he finds help, so that he can start a new life filled with love, truth and joy, and that ‘He doesn’t hurt anyone else.’

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