Ricky Martin to Challenge Sexual Misdemeanor Accusations of Nephew

Ricky Martin is expected to officially face accusations of romantic and sexual relations from his nephew in a court hearing in Puerto Rico on Thursday after a restraining order against him has ended.

Martin’s lawyer told NBC News on Wednesday that he “will directly address the judge at the hearing” in San Juan Municipal Court and deny having any romantic or sexual relationship with his nephew, challenging accusations that he stalked and harassed his nephew.

The protection order alleged Martin and his nephew were in a romantic relationship for seven months but have split up since.

Martin’s nephew went to the court voluntarily to request the order and said he sustained a romantic relationship with Martin for seven months and now “fears for his safety.” 

Martin’s nephew’s name was censored from the documents, but his representatives confirmed who it was after rumors circulated online last week.

“The person who made this claim is struggling with deep mental health challenges. Ricky Martin has, of course, never been, and would never be, involved in any kind of sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew,” said Marty Singer, one of Martin’s attorneys.

Allegations against Martin emerged on July 1 when a judge issued a temporary restraining order against Martin under Puerto Rico’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Law, also known as Act 54.

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