Ricky Martin has filed a USD$20m lawsuit against his nephew, Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, who had accused him of sexual abuse earlier this year, before withdrawing the allegations.
21-year-old Sanchez had claimed that he had a seven-month long relationship with Martin and accused him of domestic violence and acts of incest, which would have left the singer facing up to 50 years in prison if convicted.
Sanchez also claimed that when the romantic relationship ended, Martin had stalked and harassed him, and filed a restraining order against the singer. He subsequently withdrew the allegations and the case was dismissed.
According to media reports, Ricky Martin has said that Sanchez “persecuted, besieged, harassed, stalked and extorted” him. Sanchez allegedly continued sending messages to Martin via Instagram after withdrawing his restraining order, with threats to “assassinate his reputation and integrity” if the singer did not pay him.
Martin has called his nephew a “maladjusted person”.
Martin claimed he lost several multi-million dollar deals due to the fall-out from the ‘false allegations’ that Sanchez directed at him in July this year and the singer is seeking compensation for these losses.
Who is Ricky Martin?
Born in 1971 in Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin began his singing career at the age of 12 as a member of boy-band Menudo.
Martin went on to launch a solo career in 1991 and has since sold over 70 million albums – making him one of the best-selling Latin music artists of all time.
Martin began publicly discussing his sexuality in 2010, putting to an end years of tabloid speculation.
Martin married Jwan Yosef in January 2018. Their family now includes four children.