Ricky Martin is retaliating against his nephew in response to the scandalous allegations leveled against him last July. The Puerto Rican actor sues his estranged nephew, Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, for $20 million.
Sanchez immediately recanted the allegations after they were made public for undisclosed reasons.
According to legal documents obtained by Billboard, Ricky Martin is suing Dennis Yadiel Sanchez for $20 million, the same nephew who accused him of harassment earlier this year.
The filing states that Martin was “persecuted, besieged, harassed, stalked and extorted by a maladjusted person whose interest is to obtain an economic benefit.”
Martin’s 21-year-old nephew messaged him on Instagram demanding an undisclosed sum of money and posted the singer’s phone number online without his permission.
Despite swearing under oath that his uncle Ricky Martin did not harass him, the “Livin La Vida Loca” singer claims that the harassment from his nephew continued.
Ricky Martin stated in the filing that he had lost projects and even “multi-million dollar” deals for his music due to the damaging accusations that were quickly retracted.
As a result of the lawsuit’s impact on his career, Ricky Martin is suing for $20 million in damages.
New details about how Sanchez harassed his uncle over the years have also emerged. According to the Associated Press, Martin claims that his nephew texted up to ten daily messages from October 2022 to January 2022.
The texting ceased until Martin obtained an anonymous restraining order.
Ricky Martin appeared in court and denied all charges against him.
“Unfortunately, the attack came from a family member … I only wish him the best, for him to find the light. A lie can cause so much harm. It harmed me, my husband, my kids, my parents, and my family. I couldn’t defend myself because there was a legal process I had to follow where I had to be silent until I’d be able to speak to a judge.”
After Sanchez asked the judge to dismiss the case shortly after filing the lawsuit, the court decided not to extend the temporary restraining order.
As of this writing, Ricky Martin or his representatives had not made any public statements regarding the new lawsuit.