Singer Ricky Martin sues nephew for $20M

Singer Ricky Martin sues nephew for $20M
Singer Ricky Martin filed a $20 million lawsuit against his 21 year old nephew Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, who accused the singer of incest and sexual abuse.
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By Sarah Bridgeton — September 8, 2022

Singer Ricky Martin filed a lawsuit of $20M against his nephew Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, who accused the star of sexual abuse, according to docs obtained by NYP.

TMZ, which was the first to report the news, mentioned that the “Livin’ La Vida” singer, 50, filed the lawsuit on Wednesday (September 7, 2022) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

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This comes just one month after Sanchez withdrew his restraining order against the pop singer, Martin alleges that his 21-years old nephew Sanchez began sending him messages through Instagram, threatening to “assassinate his reputation and integrity” if he didn’t give him money.

Ricky Martin asserts in his suit that Sanchez — whom he recounts as a “maladjusted individual” — boasted about being his nephew and would send him direct messages up to 10 times per day for a four-month time period. 

The ex-Menudo member also claims that Sanchez posted his cellphone number online and made an Instagram account for one of Martin’s children, which alarmed the father of four. 

Martin believes he’s missed out on high paying business opportunities which is stated in the lawsuit, and is seeking $20 million in damages.

Singer Ricky Martin sues nephew for $20M
Ricky Martin is the parent of four children with husband Jwan Yosef.
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Furthermore, the pop star — who parents Valentino and Matteo, both 14 years. old, and Lucia and Renn, both 3 years od, with husband Jwan Yosef says he and his family feel “unsafe” in Puerto Rico due to Sanchez’s claimed behavior. 

A representative for Martin did not immediately return Media Music News request for comment. 

Back in July 2022, Martin explained in a video why he had not addressed Sanchez’s claims of incestuous relations when it initially came out — in spite of his team vehemently denying the “false and fabricated” claims at the time.

“For two weeks, I was not allowed to defend myself because I was following procedure, where the law … obligated me not to talk until I was in front of the judge,” Ricky Martin, who was dressed formally in a suit and tie, mentioned in the clip.

Singer Ricky Martin sues nephew for $20M
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The singer’s lawyer told Media Music News the accuser “confirmed to the court that his decision to dismiss the matter was his alone, without any outside influence or pressure, and the accuser confirmed he was satisfied with his legal representation in the matter.”

Sanchez, who is the son of Martin’s half-sister Vanessa Martin, previously claimed that he and his uncle were in a seven-month relationship, and Martin stalked him at his home after they broke up two months ago.

In his video message, Martin revealed relief over the case’s dismissal but mentioned its negative impact on his loved ones’ lives. 

“Thank God these claims were proven to be false, but I’m going to tell you the truth, it has been so painful and devastating for me, for my family for my friends,” he said. “I don’t wish this upon anybody.”

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