On Saturday, July 2, a restraining order was filed against Ricky Martin under Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law.
According to the Associated Press, “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.” Alas, the petitioner’s identity is being kept a secret.
On Sunday, July 3 – one day later – Martin reacted to the restraining order on social media. The singer tweeted out:
“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 detailed statements at this time. I am grateful for the countless messages of solidarity, and I receive them with all my heart.”
Just a few days ago – on June 29, specifically – the Puerto Rican superstar had been hit with a $3 million lawsuit from his ex-manager, Rebecca Drucker, for alleged “unpaid commissions.”
In her filing, Drucker made reference to a particular incident from September 2020 where Martin was allegedly threatened with a “potentially career-ending allegation.” According to Drucker, Martin was able to stay “unscathed and [continue] with his professional resurgence” due to her guidance during that situation.
At this moment, there is no direct connection between the claim made by Drucker in her filing and the restraining order that has been taken out against Martin in Puerto Rico. However, there was clearly a very short period of time between both of these circumstances happening in Martin’s life.
Prior to these court filings, Martin had been appearing on social media to promote his upcoming EP, Play, which will serve as a sequel to his 2020 EP Pausa.
Since news of this lawsuit and restraining order came to the surface, though, Martin has mostly stayed off of social media. As detailed in his tweet, it seems like the singer will only deal with these matters within the legal system – not in the public sphere.