Ricky Martin could face 50 years in prison following new details in abusive relationship allegations


Nearly a week after it was revealed that an unidentified man filed a domestic violence restraining order against singer Ricky Martin in Puerto Rico, the artist’s brother Eric Martin has revealed that the accuser is the singer’s nephew, Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, according to a report in the Spanish newspaper Mark.

When the complaint was originally filed, the name of the alleged victim was kept anonymous under Law 54, known as the Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Act. Sanchez, 21, said after ending the seven-month relationship with his uncle, Martin didn’t take it well and continued to hang out outside his home and contact him constantly. He added that there had been physical and psychological abuse during their relationship.

On July 2, Sanchez went directly to the police to request a temporary restraining order and was granted one based on the evidence presented. According to police spokesman Axel Valencia, authorities reportedly drove to an upscale neighborhood in the northern coastal town of Dorado, where the singer lives, in an attempt to serve order. “So far,” Valencia said, “the police haven’t been able to find him.”

“The allegations against Ricky Martin that led to a protective order are completely false and fabricated,” a rep for Martin said in a statement. “We are very confident that when the true facts are revealed in this case, our client Ricky Martin will be fully vindicated.”

On July 4, Martin, 50, took to Twitter to say the allegations made against him were false. “The protective order issued against me is based on completely false allegations, so I will respond through the legal process with the facts and the dignity that characterizes me,” Martin said in his statement. “Because this is an ongoing legal matter, I cannot make detailed statements at this time. I am grateful for the countless messages of solidarity, and I receive them with all my heart.

Under Puerto Rican law, incest allegations are taken seriously and, if proven guilty, Martin could face up to 50 years in prison.

A court hearing is reportedly scheduled for both sides on July 21.

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