Who is Dennis Sanchez? Ricky Martin, 50, accused of INCEST by nephew, 21, who claims they were dating for 7 months
The singer Ricky Martin, 50, Ricky Martin has been accused of incest by his 21-year-old nephew, according to reports. He is accused of ''physical and psychological assaults'' on his nephew during their seven-month relationship, which ended about two months ago. An attorney for the singer strongly refuted the disturbing allegations Martin abused his nephew, calling them “not only untrue” but “disgusting.”
The singer was served with a restraining order in connection with a domestic violence incident in Puerto Rico earlier this month, but the victim's identity was withheld. Martin's brother, Eric Martin, identified the alleged victim as the singer's nephew, Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, Spanish news outlet Marca reported. Martin was barred from contacting or calling the petitioner, who allegedly "fears for his safety."
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Who is Dennis Yadiel Sanchez?
Sanchez, 21, is the son of Martin's stepsister. Sanchez filed a restraining order against the singer on July 1 under Puerto Rico's domestic violence law. According to the order - which was reviewed by El Vocero, a Puerto Rican newspaper - Martin and Sanchez broke up two months ago after dating for seven months, The Latin Post reported. According to the order reviewed by El Vocero, a Puerto Rican newspaper, Sanchez claimed Martin refused to accept the separation and was seen loitering near his house on at least three occasions. Martin was also accused of ''consuming large amounts of alcohol and drugs,'' according to him. However, the singer's attorneys have denied the allegations and are preparing their defense against Sanchez.
Martin's brother Eric told The Latin Post that Sanchez also suffers from ''mental problems'', adding that he was ''very sure that his young relative was not telling the truth.'' The protective order was signed on July 1 after authorities attempted to serve Martin in his neighborhood in the north coastal town of Dorado, police spokesman Axel Valencia previously told The Associated Press. Valencia noted that the person who requested the restraining order did not contact the police, which would have required prosecutors to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to file charges. Rather, the request was directed to the court.
Martin addressed the accusations on Twitter on July 3, saying, ''The protection order entered against me is based on completely false allegations, so I will respond through the judicial process with the facts and the dignity that characterize me. Because it 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.'' He did not make any additional statements regarding the accusations.
Now his attorney Martin Singer tells Variety: “Ricky Martin has, of course, never been — and would never be — involved in any kind of sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew. The idea is not only untrue, it is disgusting. We all hope that this man gets the help he so urgently needs. But, most of all, we look forward to this awful case being dismissed as soon as a judge gets to look at the facts.”
July 4, 2022
Martin has been married to Syrian-born Swedish painter, Jwan Yosef, since 2017. The couple shares four children: 13-year-old twins, Valentino and Matteo, as well as Lucia, three, and Renn, also three. The singer once stated that he had considered adoption but chose to use a surrogate. In 2016, Martin began a relationship with Yosef, his now-husband and the twins' second father. That same year, the couple got engaged, and they married soon after. The happy couple announced that they had welcomed a daughter named Lucia in December 2018. Martin came out as gay in 2010 with a statement on his website. At the time, Martin said, ''I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.''
Earlier, in June Martin was served with the restraining order just days after his ex-business manager Rebecca Drucker announced she was suing him for underpaying her $3 million for services rendered. According to TMZ, Drucker stated that she first worked for the entertainer between 2014 and 2018. Drucker's legal team claimed Martin ''completely and maliciously refused to pay Rebecca the millions of dollars in commissions that he owes her,'' Billboard reported, citing court docs in the case filed in Los Angeles Central District Court.
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Martin, born Enrique Martin Morales, rose to fame in 1984 at the age of 12 when he joined the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo. According to industry insiders, his time at Menudo was instrumental in launching his major music career. The singer is now being investigated over the accusations. The star, who was spotted in Los Angeles Friday, July 15 on the set of his new AppleTV+ miniseries, is expected in Puerto Rican court on July 21 for his trial. Puerto Rican law takes allegations of incest very seriously. If the alleged romance between Martin and Sanchez is confirmed, the singer could face up to 50 years in prison for incest charges.