Ricky Martin performs for first time after incest case is dropped

Ricky Martin took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night in his first public appearance since allegations of an incestuous relationship with his cousin were dismissed in court.

“Are you really having a good time,” Martin, 50, asked the audience before performing with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, according to TMZ.

“All I want is for you to forget all your troubles tonight and focus on love and light and let’s just have a good time.” Are you ready for Los Angeles to have a good time?”

The singer of “Livin’ La Vida Loca” then gave the audience a show without mentioning the controversial lawsuit.

Martin’s 21-year-old cousin Dennis Yadiel Sanchez – the son of Ricky’s half-sister Vanessa Martin – previously claimed that he and the “She Bangs” singer had been dating for seven months and that the performer stalked him after they broke up, leading him to to file a restraining order.

Ricky Martin
Martin takes the stage for the first time since he was accused of having a relationship with his cousin.
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This week, however, Sanchez withdrew the claims against his famous uncle, causing the case to be dropped.

“The Prosecutor confirmed to the court that his decision to drop the case was his only one, without any influence or pressure from outside, and the Prosecutor confirmed that he was satisfied with his legal representation in the case,” lawyers Joaquín Monserrate Matienzo, Carmelo Dávila and Harry Massanet Pastrana reports this in a joint statement.

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Martin adamantly denied the allegations before they were officially fired.
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Martin later spoke of the “devastating” case himself, sharing: “Thank God these claims have been proven false, but I’m going to tell you the truth, it was so painful and devastating for me, for my family for my friends. I wish this no one.

“I wish him the best and I wish that he finds the help so that he can start a new life full of love, truth and joy and not hurt anyone else,” Martin added.

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