Famous figures accused of sexual misconduct

Ricky Martin celebrates as "troubled" nephew drops claims of incestuous relationship and harassment

Stars Insider

22/07/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Controversy

The era of #MeToo has brought waves of fresh sexual misconduct allegations against some prominent and powerful figures. It might seem like all of these accusations are new, but the fact is that victims are only just starting to feel more comfortable in sharing their experiences, and these acts of sexual misconduct and abuse have been going on for many, many years. The difference is that, now, people are paying attention.

At the beginning of July, beloved Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin was served with a restraining order from his own nephew. The 21-year-old claimed that he and Martin had been engaged in a romantic relationship for seven months and that Martin began to follow and harass him when it ended, causing him to fear for his safety. A judge granted the young man a temporary restraining order while the allegations were investigated. Martin was unequivocal in his denial and said that the claims were "not only untrue" but "disgusting."  

On July 21, both parties appeared in court and his nephew dropped the allegations. The restraining order was lifted and Martin and his husband, Jwan Yosef, celebrated the win in an Instagram post caption "Truth prevails." However, Martin also spoke out about how horrific the experience was. “Thank God these claims were proven to be false, but I’m going to tell you the truth, it has been so painful and devastating for me, for my family for my friends,” he said. “I don’t wish this upon anybody.” He wished the best for his nephew, who several family members claim has mental health issues. 

The public is still learning how to deal with figures accused of sexual crimes and those who protect them, but by putting these stories in the spotlight, a discussion can be had about the power structures that enable these patterns, the faults our society has had in the past in dealing with them, and the steps we can take to do better.

Read through this gallery to discover defamed faces who have been accused of sexual misconduct.

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