Pop star Ricky Martin denies restraining order allegations
San Juan, Jul 3 (EFE).- Pop star Ricky Martin on Sunday said the restraining order filed against him is based on “completely false” allegations and he will respond to the matter “through the judicial process.”
The Puerto Rican singer’s remarks come a day after San Juan police confirmed that they were processing the restraining order against him following a complaint made under Law 54, which protects victims of domestic violence.
“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 characterize me,” Martin said in a statement.
“Because it is an ongoing legal matter I cannot make detailed statements at this time,” added the artist, whose hit songs include “Livin’ la Vida Loca” and “María.”
The 50-year-old also said he was “grateful for the countless messages of solidarity” and received them with all his heart.
The artist’s legal team had also dismissed the allegations on Saturday as “completely false.”
“The allegations against Ricky Martin that led to a protection order are completely false and fabricated,” his legal team said in a statement released by Perfect Partners, the singer’s public relations agency in Puerto Rico.
“We are very confident that when the true facts come out in this matter, our client Ricky Martin will be fully vindicated,” it added.
The court order was issued by Judge Raiza Cajigas Campbell, of the Court of First Instance of San Juan, following a request from an ex parte, the police said in a statement.
As the case falls under the Domestic Abuse Prevention and Intervention Act, the Puerto Rico police will not reveal the name of the person who filed the complaint.
Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero reported that the order states that Martin and the petitioner dated for seven months and broke up two months ago, but that the singer did not accept the separation.
According to the daily, the document says that the artist frequently calls the petitioner and has been seen loitering near his residence on at least three occasions.
“The petitioner fears for his safety,” El Vocero reported, citing the order.
Martin, born Enrique Martín Morales, has been married to the Syrian-born artist Jwan Yosef since 2017. The couple have four children.
The singer is also facing a $3 million lawsuit in the Los Angeles Central District Court filed by his former manager Rebecca Druker over breach of contract. EFE