Ricky Martin Case Dropped After Nephew Withdraws Incest and Harassment Claims

SANREMO, ITALY, February 7, 2017: Singer Ricky Martin performs during the 67th Sanremo Song Festival on February 7, 2017, in Sanremo, Italy. (Credit: Shutterstock)

A judge in Puerto Rico dismissed a temporary restraining order against Ricky Martin on Thursday, after the singer’s nephew dropped claims that he had a sexual relationship with Martin and the singer began harassing him when they broke up.

The 21-year-old nephew withdrew his allegations as a scheduled hearing in the case got underway. The Associated Press reported the hearing took place behind closed doors, with the nephew and Martin, 50, attending virtually.

“The petitioner ceased his claims voluntarily, therefore the case was archived and no further procedures are required,” a court spokesperson told the AP.

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Martin’s team said the Grammy-winning star’s nephew had not been pressured to drop his claims.

“Just as we had anticipated, the temporary protection order was not extended by the court. The accuser confirmed to the court that his decision to dismiss the matter was his alone, without any outside influence or pressure,” the singer’s representatives told TMZ. “And the accuser confirmed he was satisfied with his legal representation in the matter.”

“This was never anything more than a troubled individual making false allegations with absolutely nothing to substantiate them,” they added. “We are glad that our client saw justice done and can now move forward with his life and his career.”

The protection order was granted on July 1 under Puerto Rico’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Law, also known as Act 54, after the nephew alleged he had a romantic relationship with Martin and now “fears for his safety,” according to documents obtained by Spanish news website Marca.

The documents said the accuser and Martin dated for seven months, and broke up two months before the order was obtained. The petitioner said Martin did not accept the breakup and “has been seen loitering near the accuser’s house at least three times.”

Last week Martin’s powerful Los Angeles-based attorney, Marty Singer, said the allegations were untrue and the accuser has “deep mental health challenges,” as previously reported.

Ricky Martin released a statement on July 3, saying the allegations were “completely false.”

Insider reported Thursday that the accuser received death threats ahead of the Thursday’s hearing.