Ricky Martin filed a $20 million lawsuit against his 21-year-old nephew. The Puerto Rican singer said he’s suing his relative because he’s been “persecuted, besieged, harassed, stalked and extorted” by his nephew.
Martin, 50, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in San Juan against Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, who the singer claims is trying to “assassinate” his reputation.
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In July, Sanchez filed for a restraining order after accusing his uncle of sexually molesting him and stalking him.
In court documents, Sanchez claimed that he had a 7-month long sexual relationship with Ricky, and when it ended Ricky began stalking and harassing him — something Ricky vigorously denied.
The nephew had filed a restraining order but he later withdrew the request
According to the new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Ricky claims a month after Sanchez withdrew his restraining order, he began sending messages to Ricky through Instagram, threatening to “assassinate his reputation and integrity” unless he coughed up cash.
Ricky says in the lawsuit before his nephew filed for a restraining order, he was publicly boasting about being Ricky’s nephew.
Ricky says the nephew bombarded him with messages — sometimes more than 10 in a single day — for 4 months.
Ricky said Sanchez’s actions left his family feeling “unsafe”.