Ricky Martin’s Nephew Withdraws Harassment Allegations and Case in Court, Case Dismissed
UPDATE: Ricky Martin’s husband, Jwan Yosef, posted a photo of the couple after the court appearance, captioned ‘Truth prevails’.
PREVIOUSLY: Ricky Martin’s nephew withdrew his harassment and liaison allegations against the singer during a July 21 court appearance, effectively closing the case.
Joaquín Monserrate Matienzo, Carmelo Dávila and Harry Massanet Pastrana, Martin’s attorneys, released a statement regarding the dismissal.
“Just as we anticipated, the Temporary Protective Order has not been extended by the Court,” the statement said. “The accuser confirmed in court that his decision to dismiss the case was his own, without any outside influence or pressure, and the accuser confirmed that he was satisfied with his legal representation in the case. The request is came from the accuser asking to drop the case. It was never anything more than a troubled individual making false allegations with absolutely nothing to back them up. We are glad our client has seen justice and can now go from forward with his life and career.
Martin appeared virtually in court in Puerto Rico to respond to the allegations made by his 21-year-old nephew. Previously, in early July, Martin had been served with a restraining order by his nephew citing abuse. Martin had denied the allegations against him, with the singer’s attorney issuing a statement on the matter last Friday.
“Ricky Martin of course never was – and never would be – involved in a sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew,” said Martin Singer, Martin’s attorney. “The idea is not only wrong, it’s disgusting. We all hope this man gets the help he so desperately needs. But, most of all, we look forward to seeing this terrible case thrown out as soon as a judge can examine the facts.
The singer’s brother also maintains that Martin’s nephew “is struggling with profound mental health issues”.
Beyond this case, Martin is currently facing other legal issues, with his former manager suing him for $3 million, claiming he owes him unpaid commissions.
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