Charged with domestic violence earlier this month, and now charged with incest, Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin faces 50 years in prison after his own brother reveals the identity of the victim.< /strong>
So far, the identity of the alleged victim has remained unknown. The singer's brother, however, revealed last Wednesday that the plaintiff was none other than Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, the nephew and ex-spouse of Ricky Martin. Since incest is strongly condemned in Puerto Rico, the defendant risks receiving a heavy sentence.
According to TMZ, if incest is proven, then the artist could obtain up to 50 years in prison. This is what Puerto Rican incest laws recommend.
Ricky Martin is said to have started an affair with his 21-year-old nephew that lasted seven months, according to media outlet Marca. Mr. Sanchez accuses the accused in particular of having exercised physical and psychological violence against him, throughout the relationship. The singer reportedly “didn't take the breakup well” and continued to try to get in touch with his nephew, even appearing in person at his nephew's house.
On his Twitter page, Ricky Martin completely denied the accusations, stating that the protective order obtained by his nephew was based only “on lies”. As for the defense, it says it would not be the first time that Mr. Sanchez “threatens to destroy lives”.
“We are confident that when the true facts are revealed in this case, our client Ricky Martin will be fully acquitted,” the singer's law firm said in a statement.
The trial will begin on July 21 with the testimony of Dennis Yadiel Sanchez.