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Ricky Martin denies 'false allegations' after restraining order filed against him

The Grammy award winner's representatives have said the singer will be "fully vindicated".

2022-07-05

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Bravo

The 'Livin' La Vida Loca' singer, Ricky Martin, has denied what he calls "completely false allegations" related to a protection order made against him.

Martin, 50, posted on Twitter on Monday (4 July) after a protection order was served on Friday (1 July).

Martin said: "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 characterise me.”

"Because it is an ongoing legal matter, I cannot make detailed statements at this time,” he continued. “I am grateful for the countless messages of solidarity, and I receive them with all my heart."

According to the Associated Press, an order was granted by a judge in Puerto Rico on Friday, after which authorities tried to serve the order at the singer's home in the town of Dorado.

Axel Valencia, a police spokesperson told AP: "Up until now, police haven’t been able to find him."

It is unknown who requested the restraining order at this stage although the local newspaper, El Vocero, claims Martin dated the other party for seven months before separating two months ago. 

The paper also says the petitioner, who asked for the order, thinks Martin hasn't accepted the separation and has been "loitering" around the petitioner's home at least three times. 

"The petitioner fears for his safety," El Vocero quotes from the order.

Valencia told AP they couldn't say more about the order as it was filed under Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law. They did say that the petitioner didn't contact the police first and went straight to the courts.

Had they contacted the police first, this would have meant prosecutors determining if there was enough evidence to file any charges.  

AP also reports that the order, which it has not got a copy of, prohibits Martin from contacting the petitioner and a judge will decide at a soon-to-be-determined hearing whether it will remain in place. 

As per AP, Martin’s publicist did not offer comment.

However, in a statement provided to People representatives for Martin have said: "The allegations against Ricky Martin that lead to a protection order are completely false and fabricated. We are very confident that when the true facts come out in this matter our client Ricky Martin will be fully vindicated."

People also report that the singer is being sued for more than $3 million by his former manager Rebecca Drucker, who alleges she helped Martin when he was threatened with a "potentially career-ending allegation," after an incident in September 2020. 

Drucker is reported to have managed Martin between 2014 and 2018 and again between 2020 and 2022. 

Attitude has contacted representatives for Ricky Martin for comment. 

The Attitude July/August issue is out now.