- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Tumblr
A judge has issued a restraining order against Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin, police said Saturday.
The order was signed Friday, and authorities visited an upscale neighborhood in the north coastal town of Dorado where the singer lives to try to serve the order, police spokesman Axel Valencia told the Associated Press.
“Up until now, police haven’t been able to find him,” Valencia said.
In a statement shared with The Hollywood Reporter, Martin’s representatives said they are confident the star’s name will be cleared. “The allegations against Ricky Martin that led to a protection order are completely false and fabricated,” the message read. “We are very confident that when the true facts come out in this matter, our client Ricky Martin will be fully vindicated.”
On Sunday, Martin issued a statement on Twitter, saying, “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. Because it is an ongoing legal matter I cannot make statements at this time. I am grateful for the countless messages of solidarity, and I receive them with all my heart.”
It was not immediately known who requested the restraining order. Valencia said he could not provide further details because the order was filed under Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law.
But in a Facebook Live video posted in the San Juan-based news outlet El Vocero de Puerto Rico on Sunday, Martin’s brother, Eric Martin, claims an estranged nephew with mental health problems filed the restraining order. He declined to specify the nephew’s name and accused a local tabloid of spreading fake news about his brother.
El Vocero claims to have gained access to the restraining order, which allegedly states that the singer and the accuser were in a relationship for seven months and after a contentious breakup several months ago, the accuser was being harassed by Martin and he feared for his safety.
Police spokesman Valencia said that the order prohibits Martin from contacting or calling the person who filed it and that a judge will later determine at a hearing whether the order should remain in place or be lifted. He added that usually orders are implemented for at least a month.
Valencia noted that the person who filed for the restraining order did not contact police, which would have involved prosecutors determining if there was enough evidence to file charges. Rather, the request went straight to the court.
July 2, 8:30 p.m. Updated with statement from Martin’s team.
July 4, 2 p.m. Updated with Martin’s statement, Facebook Live info and a statement from Martin’s legal team.
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day