Ricky Martin Speaks Out After Legal Case Is Dismissed: “I Was Victim of a Lie”

Earlier in the day, the legal case against the “Tiburones” singer — in which his nephew had accused the singer of stalking and harassing him — was dismissed by a judge in Puerto Rico, according to a statement issued by the singer’s lawyers to Billboard. Martin appeared before the court via Zoom to address the allegations made by his nephew.

The court hearing took place after a Puerto Rican judge granted a restraining order against the singer earlier in July. Following the case’s dismissal, the artist’s attorneys sent out a statement addressing the judge’s decision.

“Just as we had anticipated, the temporary protection order was not extended by the Court. The accuser confirmed to the court that his decision to dismiss the matter was his alone, without any outside influence or pressure, and the accuser confirmed he was satisfied with his legal representation in the matter.

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According to media reports, the accuser — who filed the order anonymously — was Martin’s 21-year-old nephew, who alleged he had dated the Puerto Rican artist for seven months. The report quotes the order as saying they broke up two months ago, and that Martin allegedly did not accept the separation, and has been seen loitering near the petitioner’s house at least three times.

On July 2, Judge Raiza Cajigas Campbell of the Court of First Instance of San Juan, Puerto Rico, issued a restraining order against the artist, with authorities visiting the island’s north coastal town of Dorado, where the singer lives, to try to serve the order, police spokesman Axel Valencia told The Associated Press.

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Martin said in a tweet at the time that the order of protection was granted based on “completely false” allegations.

It was not immediately known who requested the restraining order. Valencia said he could not provide further details because the order was filed under Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law.

This story first appeared on Billboard.com. 

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