Ricky Martin has responded to shocking accusations of domestic violence, which were publicised by the singer’s own nephew.
Ricky denies all allegations of domestic violence and incest, which could land him behind bars for 50 years.
Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, 21, was identified as Ricky’s accuser in the case over in Puerto Rico, meaning the incident could possibly involve incest.
Ricky’s brother, Eric, reportedly identified Sanchez as the alleged victim as Ricky is scheduled to appear in court on July 21st.
While it is currently unknown exactly what charges Ricky could be facing, Puerto Rico has much stricter laws on crimes of a sexual nature when the victim and accused are related.
The pop star is accused of “exercising physical and psychological attacks” on Sanchez during their seven-month relationship, which ended about two months ago.
When reached by The Post on Friday, Martin’s attorney Marty Singer said, “Unfortunately, the person who made this claim is struggling with deep mental health challenges. Ricky Martin has, of course, never been — and would never be — involved in any kind of sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew.”
“The idea is not only untrue, it is disgusting. We all hope that this man gets the help he so urgently needs. But, most of all, we look forward to this awful case being dismissed as soon as a judge gets to look at the facts,” Singer said.
Spanish news website Marca reported that Ricky would face up to 50 years if he’s convicted.
“The allegations against Ricky Martin that lead to a protection order are completely false and fabricated,” said Ricky’s reps in a statement to People.
“We are very confident that when the true facts come out in this matter our client Ricky Martin will be fully vindicated.”
Ricky also made a statement on Twitter writing, “The protection order entered against me is based on completely false allegations, so I will respond through the judicial process with the facts and the dignity that characterise me.
“Because it 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.”
Image credits: Getty Images
This article first appeared on OverSixty.