Ricky Martin Vindicated As Nephew Drops Accusations Of Abuse

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International pop star Ricky Martin (screen capture via People)

Ricky Martin’s nephew, who had filed for a restraining order against Martin claiming he feared for his safety” after ending an alleged “romantic relationship, now says he doesn’t need the protective order and is dropping his allegations.

From NBC News:

In a virtual court hearing, the nephew “voluntarily desisted” from moving forward and said he no longer needed the protection order, a court spokesperson told NBC News.

The order, which was set to expire Thursday, was granted July 1 under Puerto Rico’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Law, also known as Act 54, after the nephew alleged he sustained a romantic relationship with Martin for seven months and now “fears for his safety,” according to documents obtained by Telemundo and shared with NBC News.

Martin and his nephew attended the hearing virtually, according to the court spokesperson.

A lawyer for Martin told NBC News on Wednesday that the singer was prepared to “directly address the judge at the hearing” and deny he had any romantic or sexual relationship with his nephew.

Martin was also going to challenge accusations that he stalked and harassed his nephew, the lawyer said.

The nephew accused Martin of calling him several times and “hanging around his residence on at least 3 occasions” after they “separated 2 months ago.”

Martin issued a statement on Twitter in English and in Spanish with the caption “Truth prevails.”

The text of his statement reads:

“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, and the accuser confirmed he was satisfied with his legal representation in the matter.”

“The request came from the accuser asking to dismiss the case. This was never anything more than a troubled individual making false allegations with absolutely nothing to substantiate them. We are glad that our client saw justice done and can now move forward with his life and his career.”