Ricky Martin denies fresh sexual assault complaint ‘by nephew’: ‘Untethered from reality’
Ricky Martin has vehemently denied fresh sexual assault allegations against him reportedly made by his nephew.
Martin recently filed a $20 million lawsuit against his nephew over his since-withdrawn claims the two had an incestuous sexual relationship and that Martin had harassed him.
Martin denied the allegations throughout.
Now, the singer has been targeted with another sexual assault case, filed against him on 9 September.
AP reported that, according to a “person who was not authorized to speak about the case”, it is Martin’s nephew who filed the new complaint.
The same source said that the complaint would not automatically trigger an arrest because the alleged incident is not recent. Police will investigate and determine whether charges are warranted.
José Andréu-Fuentes, Martin’s attorney, categorically denied the new allegation in a statement obtained by Deadline.
“These claims are wildly offensive and completely untethered from reality,” he said.
“When this man previously made similar allegations, his legal case had to be withdrawn – not least because he himself admitted under oath that Ricky Martin had never assaulted him in any way.
“Now, after being sued for trying to extort Mr Martin, he is attempting to spread his lies again.
“It is beyond time that the media stops giving this deeply troubled individual the oxygen of publicity and allows him to get the help he so clearly needs.”
Martin’s 21-year-old nephew, Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, originally alleged the two had been in a brief, incestuous relationship.
Sanchez accused the singer of “hanging around his residence on at least three occasions” after the alleged relationship ended, which led to him being granted a temporary restraining order against his uncle.
Martin’s nephew later voluntarily withdrew the allegations, which Martin’s representatives had described as “not only untrue” but “disgusting”.
Martin’s team has condemned Sanchez’s “reckless, malicious and culpable actions” in a $20 million lawsuit filed in Puerto Rico.
The lawsuit accuses Sanchez of extortion, malicious persecution, abuse of law and damages.
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