Ricky Martin’s legal nightmare is over. Today, the singer’s nephew, who had condemned her for abuse and harassment, withdrew the case, the restraining order she requested was revoked, and the case was dismissed by a judge. Although Martin testified via Zoom at the hearing, his testimony has yet to be released, although his attorneys issued a statement to explain the San Juan de Puerto Rico court decision.
“As we anticipated, the temporary restraining order was not carried forward by the court. The complainant confirmed to the court that the decision to withdraw the complaint was his own, without any outside influence or pressure except to confirm that he was satisfied with the legal course of the case. It was his lawyer who asked for the case to be dismissed, The whole thing wasn’t about anything other than an emotionally disturbed person making false accusations without any other evidence. We are delighted that our client has received the due result and can now move on with his life and his career,” Martin’s team of Puerto Rico lawyers told TODAY.
The complaint and subsequent legal struggle began in early July, when a man denounced the artist for domestic violence and requested a restraining order against him. It soon became known that the complainant was one of Ricky Martin’s nephews, a 21-year-old man who claimed to have had an emotional and sexual relationship with her and that before the alleged end of the relationship, the singer began harassing her. with the intention of taking
Since the news broke, Martin has denied all allegations through his legal representatives, who claimed that the allegations were completely false and that the idea of a romantic or sexual relationship between the two was a distasteful lie. Furthermore, both the singer and his lawyers claimed that his nephew was suffering from serious mental health problems. Something that Eric Martin, one of the artist’s brothers, also did. Via an Instagram live broadcast, Martin decided to voice his opinion on what was going on with the singer. He said at the beginning of the broadcast, “Many people tell me not to speak, but something is telling me that I have to speak because I am not afraid and I have nothing to hide.” At one point in the video, the man who revealed that the complainant was her nephew, Vanessa Martin’s son Denise Yadeel Sanchez, speaks directly to the 21-year-old: “Dad, you know how we’ve loved you. You know how you got away from us. You know your mental problems. Right now, I’m calling you on your phone and now you don’t have that phone. I’ve been blocked by Facebook. I told you Haven’t found it on Facebook for a long time.
The truth is that the case caused a huge stir all over the world, but especially in Puerto Rico, where the press devoted innumerable written articles and lengthy television programs to all the details of the life of the Martin family, both accusatory and definitive. Formally, of course, of the accused, one of its most famous and recognized stars. When it became known that the complaint was made by his nephew, the media began speculating about the possible punishment that the singer would receive upon conviction of his guilt: incest, in accordance with Article 131 of the Penal Code of Puerto Rico. Punishable is imprisonment. For a fixed period of 50 years. A number so high that it wielded enormous influence even when it merited a crime that was only a hypothesis by the media at the time. Elaborate theories imagining the worst-case scenarios were also encouraged by the legal conflicts that have complicated the artist’s life in recent times. This is how one of his former representatives, Rebecca Drucker, started a case in Los Angeles, California for non-payment of fees.
According to the representative, the artist is currently owed about $3 million, which is why he appeared before the Los Angeles Central District Court and made a judicial request to initiate proceedings against the singer. Days before the harassment complaint was revealed, Drucker slipped that he knew about a life of excesses that Martin, married to his fellow youngster Yosef since 2017, keeps secret for years.