SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin filed a lawsuit Wednesday against her nephew, accusing him of extortion, malicious prosecution, abuse of the law and damages stemming from false allegations of sexual abuse.
Martin’s lawyers said the nephew’s claim, which he has since denied, cost the singer millions of dollars in lost revenue.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, alleges that Martin was “hounded, besieged, harassed, stalked and extorted” by his “troubled” nephew for economic reasons. It further claimed that if the nephew did not receive a financial benefit, he would continue to “kill the artist’s reputation and integrity”.
The lawsuit alleges the harassment continued even though Martin’s nephew, identified as Dennis Yadiel Sanchez Martin, admitted under oath in July that he was never sexually assaulted by the artist.
Sanchez previously took legal action against his uncle based on those false claims, prompting a judge in Puerto Rico to issue a restraining order against Martin in July, which the court later lifted.
Those charges cost Martin at least $10 million in lost revenue from canceled contracts and projects, as well as $20 million in reputational damage, according to the suit.
The attorney who represented Sanchez in that case could not immediately be reached for comment. It was unclear if she would also represent Sanchez in the lawsuit filed Wednesday.
The lawsuit states that from October 2021 to January 2022, Sanchez would send up to 10 messages a day to Martin, most of them “nonsensical diatribes with no specific purpose.”
He also accused Sanchez of posting Martin’s personal number on Instagram, which forced the singer to change his number.
After that, several months went by without Sanchez sending a message until she sought the order of protection in July against Martin, according to the lawsuit.
It also said that Sanchez falsely claimed to have been romantically involved with Martin for seven months and that Martin allegedly did not want the relationship to end and continued to call Sanchez frequently.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” according to the lawsuit.
It also said two restraining orders had previously been filed against Sanchez in an unrelated stalking case.
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