Ricky Martin is preventing a brand new spherical of “wildly offensive” sexual assault claims — lower than every week after he filed a $20 million lawsuit over earlier accusations from his nephew.
The brand new grievance was filed Friday at a police precinct in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Though the title of the one that waged the allegations was not listed, the Associated Press reported that it was Martin’s nephew, Dennis Yadiel Sánchez, who made the submitting.
“These claims are wildly offensive and utterly untethered from actuality,” Martin’s lawyer José Andréu-Fuentes mentioned in an announcement to Deadline. “When this man beforehand made related allegations, his authorized case needed to be withdrawn — not least as a result of he himself admitted beneath oath that Ricky Martin had by no means assaulted him in any method.”
The Latin pop icon filed his go well with towards Sánchez Sept. 7, claiming his nephew’s accusations of incest and sexual abuse had been an try and “assassinate” the singer’s repute, based on court docket docs obtained by The Put up.
The lawsuit — which claims Sánchez’s allegations price Martin not less than $10 million value of canceled contracts and tasks, plus one other $20 million in damages to his repute —got here after the 50-year-old pop star was slapped with accusations that he was romantically concerned with Sanchez, and allegedly harassed the younger man after their relationship ended.
In July, Martin’s 21-year-old nephew claimed he was a sufferer of home abuse and unlawful incest by the hands of Martin, and was granted a restraining order towards the “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer.
On the time, Martin’s lawyer denied the “disgusting” and “unfaithful” accusations, saying the accuser has “psychological well being challenges.” Ultimately, the case against Martin was dropped, however based on the newest authorized motion taken by Martin, Sanchez hasn’t stopped there.
He claimed one month after Sanchez withdrew the restraining order, that he bombarded Martin with messages through social media, and vowed to “assassinate his repute and integrity” if Martin didn’t cough up some hush cash.
Sanchez as soon as boasted about being Martin’s nephew, the lawsuit alleges — that’s, earlier than he made claims of incest and home violence. Within the paperwork, Martin mentioned he obtained an onslaught of direct messages for 4 months, typically getting greater than 10 in a day.
The messages, based on Martin, had been despatched by a “maladjusted particular person,” who additionally leaked the singer’s telephone quantity on Instagram and created parody accounts for certainly one of Martin’s youngsters.
Attributable to Sanchez’s allegations, Martin — who’s currently filming the upcoming Apple TV+ series “Mrs. American Pie” with Laura Dern, Kristen Wiig, Allison Janney and Kaia Gerber — claims to have misplaced multimillion-dollar offers, and now seeks $20 million as compensation for the damages, along with leaving the singer feeling “unsafe” in Puerto Rico.
Martin has been vocal about how “painful” the claims towards him had been, calling them “devastating” for him and his family members.
“It has been so painful. It has been devastating for me, for my household, for my mates, and I wouldn’t want this upon anyone,” Martin mentioned final month. “To the person who was claiming this nonsense, I want him the very best and I want he finds the assistance so he can begin a brand new life stuffed with love and fact and pleasure, and he doesn’t harm anyone else.”
In the meantime, Martin faces one other $3 million lawsuit filed in July by his former supervisor Rebecca Drucker, who alleges she is owed unpaid commissions. Her go well with additionally hinted at a “probably career-ending allegation” occurring in September 2020, though Martin “emerged unscathed and proceeded together with his skilled resurgence.”
The following listening to for Drucker’s go well with is scheduled for Oct. 5.
— With Put up wires.