The person who filed a restraining order against Ricky Martin amid domestic violence allegations is believed to be a member of the Puerto Rican superstar’s own family.
Martin strenuously denied the “completely false” accusations and said he would respond with “dignity” to the legal process.
The order was filed earlier this month under Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law, after police spokesman Axel Valencia was unable to provide further details, including who filed the order.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, Martin physically and psychologically abused the victim for a period of seven months.
Some outlets have reported that the family member involved is Martin’s nephew.
Incest-related crimes in Puerto Rico can carry a sentence of up to 50 years.
“Unfortunately, the person who made this claim is struggling with serious mental health issues,” Martin’s attorney, Marty Singer, told US media outlet Deadline.
“Ricky Martin has, of course, never been – and never would be – involved in any sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew.
“The idea is not only wrong, it’s disgusting.”
Singer added, “We all hope this man gets the help he so urgently needs.
“Most importantly, we look forward to seeing this terrible case thrown out as soon as a judge can review the facts.”
Responding to the initial order, Martin wrote in a statement: “The order of protection issued against me is based on completely false allegations, so I will respond throughout the legal process with the facts and the dignity that characterizes me.
“Because this 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.”