Ricky Martin is reportedly suing his nephew Dennis Yadiel Sanchez for $20 million over the 21-year-old’s sexual abuse allegations.
Documents obtained by the New York Post and revealed by the publication on Wednesday (07.09.22) say Ricky lodged the action against Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, claiming his nephew was attempting to “assassinate” the performer’s reputation.
TMZ, which was the first to report the lawsuit, noted the ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’ singer, 50, filed the suit in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
A month after Dennis withdrew his restraining order against the pop star, Ricky claims his nephew began sending him messages through Instagram, threatening to “assassinate his reputation and integrity” if he didn’t give him cash.
Ricky also claims in his suit Dennis – whom he described as a “maladjusted individual” – boasted about being his nephew and would send him messages up to 10 times a day for a four-month period.
The singer alleges Dennis posted his mobile number on the web and made an Instagram account for one of his children, leaving the father-of-four shaken.
Ricky also believes he has missed out on lucrative business opportunities, the suit states, and is looking for $20 million (£17.4 million) in damages.
The singer, who has kids Valentino and Matteo, both 14, as well as Lucia and Renn, both three, with husband Jwan Yosef, alleges he and his family feel “unsafe” in Puerto Rico due to Dennis’ alleged behaviour.
Page Six said a representative for Ricky did not immediately return its request for comment on the filing.
Ricky explained in a video posted in July why he had not addressed Dennis’ allegations of incestuous relations when they first came out, despite his team vehemently denying the “false and fabricated” claims at the time.
Ricky said: “For two weeks, I was not allowed to defend myself because I was following procedure, where the law… obligated me not to talk until I was in front of the judge.
“Thank God these claims were proven to be false, but I’m going to tell you the truth, it has been so painful and devastating for me, for my family for my friends,” he said. “I don’t wish this upon anybody.”
Dennis, the son of Ricky’s half-sister Vanessa Martin, previously alleged he and his uncle were in a seven-month relationship, and claimed Ricky stalked him at his house after they broke up two months ago.