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Judge closes case against Ricky Martin

Singer Ricky Martin, center, appears with other musicians at a political protest in San Juan on July 17, 2019.

By The Star Staff

A judge on Thursday “archived” a protection order issued against singer-songwriter Ricky Martin at the request of his nephew for the alleged violation of Act 54, Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law.

After the accuser withdrew the allegations underpinning the temporary restraining order issued early this month, the judge ordered the case against the 50-year-old pop star of “Livin’ La Vida Loca” fame closed.

Martin was represented by lawyers Joaquín Monserrate Matienzo, Carmelo Dávila and Harry Mansanet.

They said in a written communication that: “There were many sensational headlines on this matter that simply did not correspond to the facts in any way.”

“This was always a purely civil matter and, as the court has just concluded, it was nothing more than unfortunate claims by a citizen,” the attorneys added. “We are happy that our client saw that he got justice and now he can continue with his life and his career.”

Martin participated virtually in the San Juan court hearing.

According to reports, the award-winning singer, who began his recording career as a member of the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo in the 1980s, will continue with his musical schedule this Friday and Saturday with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl.

Monserrate Matienzo said later on Thursday that the situation facing Martin “has caused him damage” despite the withdrawal of the complaint and the closing of the case.

“I have been in court for many years and it does not matter if you are acquitted or if the case is shelved, there is always damage because people judge and look upon the reputation of others with great cruelty,” the attorney said at a press conference. “This has caused damage to Ricky and he has suffered. Now with this closing [of the case], we hope that this will be cleared up, but the damage has been done.”

He reiterated that his client denies the acts of which he was accused regarding domestic violence as contemplated in Law 54.

Monserrate Matienzo also gave assurances that the singer is not interested in suing his nephew for defamation. “Nope,” he said. “That is not our spirit.”

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