Ricky Martin has filed a $20 million lawsuit against his nephew, claiming his younger relative tried to “murder” his reputation and integrity when he accused the singer of stalking and harassing him earlier this year.
According to legal documents obtained by Billboard, Martin – who filed the complaint in San Juan, Puerto Rico – says he is being “stalked, besieged, harassed, stalked and blackmailed by a maladjusted person whose interest is to obtain a financial advantage.” He claims his nephew, Dennis Yadiel Sanchezhas messaged him via Instagram demanding money and also made his phone number public on social media, among other allegations.
Martin is asking the court to order Sanchez to “immediately desist” from communicating with him and his family either in person, by phone or through social media. The “Tiburones” singer is also seeking $20 million in damages, claiming he lost “multi-million dollar” deals as a result of the “false” allegations, which included an allegation that he and Sanchez were involved in a romantic relationship.
On July 2, Martin was served with a restraining order by a judge in Puerto Rico on behalf of Sanchez, who alleged he and Martin dated for seven months and that after the breakup the singer was seen loitering near his house at least three times. Martin afterwards denied the charges through his lawyer Marty Singerwho issued a statement saying, “The idea is not only untrue, it’s disgusting. We look forward to this horrific case being dismissed as soon as a judge gets a look at the facts.”
Later that month, the legal case was against Martin dismissed after Sanchez retracted his claims. The singer appeared in court via Zoom to address the allegations and later issued an on-camera statement when the case was dismissed.
“I was a victim of a lie,” Martin said at the time. “Unfortunately the attack came from a family member… I wish him nothing but the best for him to find the light. A lie can cause so much damage. It hurt me, my husband, my children, my parents, my family. I couldn’t defend myself because there was a legal process I had to follow where I had to remain silent until I could speak to a judge. Today was the day. Now is the time for me to heal. I am very hurt. I will find peace, the stillness necessary to see the light again at the end of the tunnel, which I have always been able to.”
Billboard could not find a contact for Sanchez or reach any attorneys representing him.