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Ricky Martin’s attorney has fired back after multiple reports claimed the star had an abusive and incestuous relationship with his 21-year-old nephew Dennis Yadiel Sanchez.
“Unfortunately, the person who made this allegation struggles with deep mental health issues,” Martin’s attorney, Marty Singer, said in a statement to ET Canada on Friday.
“Ricky Martin, of course, was never – and never would – have been involved in any kind of sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew. The idea is not only wrong, it’s disgusting.”
“We all hope this man gets the help he so desperately needs,” the celebrity attorney added. “But most of all, we look forward to seeing this horrific case dismissed once a judge sees the facts.”
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The latest allegations against Martin come just weeks after a then-unnamed plaintiff in Puerto Rico was granted a restraining order against Martin, 50, after the petitioner alleged that the singer had been abusive to her. The identity of the plaintiff was kept anonymous by the authorities due to the nature of the allegations. However, earlier this week, Spanish news agency brand reported that Eric Martin, the singer’s brother, identified the petitioner as the star’s 21-year-old nephew Dennis Yadiel Sanchez.
Corresponding brand, Martin and Sanchez had a romantic relationship of about 7 months before Sanchez called it quits. Martin was reportedly so upset that he continued to contact his nephew and show up at his home, actions that presumably prompted Sanchez to seek a protective order under Puerto Rico’s Law 54, also known as the Domestic Abuse Prevention and Intervention Act is known.
“The allegations against Ricky Martin that resulted in a protective order are completely false and fabricated,” Martin’s representatives said at the time the restraining order was issued. “We are very confident that when the true facts of this matter come out, our client Ricky Martin will be fully vindicated.”
A hearing on the case will be held in Puerto Rico on July 21. Martin faces nearly 50 years in prison if found guilty of domestic violence with a relative.
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Martin is also facing legal troubles from his former manager, Rebecca Drucker, who is suing Martin for $3 million alleging the star owes her unpaid commissions. In her legal filings, Drucker claims she saved her alleged substance abuse client from a “potentially career-ending allegation in September 2020.”
Despite his increasing legal problems, Martin continues to work. He was born Thursday in Los Angeles on the set of the Apple+ TV series Mrs. American Pie, which also stars Carol Burnett, Kristen Wiig, Josh Lucas, Allison Janney and Leslie Bibb.