A Puerto Rican judge has issued a restraining order against Ricky Martin, police have confirmed.
A domestic violence-related restraining order has been filed against singer Ricky Martin, local authorities announced Saturday (July 2).
Reps for the singer have labelled the claim “false and fabricated.”
*update* Martin offered comment on the matter late Sunday, in a tweet calling the allegations “completely false”
Judge Raiza Cajigas Campbell signed off on the order on Friday (July 1), although police, having visited the town of Dorado, where the 50-year-old singer lives, were unable to discern Martin’s whereabouts until a day later, AP report.
Police spokesman Axel Valencia refused to tell the publication who requested the restraining order, as the party’s anonymity is secured under Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law.
Newspaper El Vocero claim, per documents reportedly obtained from the court, that the order states Martin and the other party were in a relationship for seven months before they broke up two months ago.
It is further alleged that Martin did not “accept” the separation, and has repeatedly attempted to make contact with the petitioner.
The document claims Martin ‘calls the petitioner frequently’, and has been seen loitering outside of his residence on at least three occasions, leading the petitioner to fear for his safety.
Martin has been ordered to refrain from making any contact with the petitioner, physically or via telecommunication, extending to emails and social media.
El Vocero further reports that the restraining order is expires on Thursday July 21, when Martin and the petitioner will be summoned to a formal court hearing.
AP noted that the petitioner did not attempt to make direct contact with police, and instead sent his request for a restraining order against Martin directly to the court.
Martin’s reps told TMZ:
“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.”
The court reportedly scheduled a hearing on the matter between both parties for July 21.
“In 2000, I pushed Ricky Martin very hard to admit if he was gay or not, and the way he refused to do it made everyone decide that he was.” “A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now I feel it was an inappropriate question.” (B. Walters) pic.twitter.com/1qPeVLsF1H
— TotallyLost (@TotallyLost4You) August 9, 2019
In 2000, when he was 29, Ricky Martin was asked by Barbara Walters on national television if he was gay.
“You could stop these rumors,” Walters told him at the time. “You could say, ‘Yes I am gay or no I’m not.'” Martin answered Walters with, “I just don’t feel like it.”
Some years later, recalling that moment, Martin said he felt violated because he “was just not ready to come out.”
“I was very afraid,” he added. “There’s a little PTSD with that.”