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Ricky Martin’s Nephew Withdraws Court Case and Charges Dropped; Singer Speaks Out for First Time Since Allegations

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The allegations made against former General Hospital and global music superstar, Ricky Martin (Ex-Miguel) have been dropped.

Martin’s nephew, who’d accused Ricky of harassment and sexual abuse asked to have the case dismissed in a Puerto Rican court on Thursday.

In a statement, Ricky Martin’s attorneys shared: “Just as we had anticipated, the temporary protection order was not extended by the Court. The accuser confirmed to the court that his decision to dismiss the matter was his alone, without any outside influence or pressure, and the accuser confirmed he was satisfied with his legal representation in the matter. The request came from the accuser asking to dismiss the case. This was never anything more than a troubled individual making false allegations with absolutely nothing to substantiate them. We are glad that our client saw justice done and can now move forward with his life and his career.

For the first time since all of the legal trouble began for Martin, he spoke on the matter on video shared by TMZ:  “I’m in front of the cameras today because I really need to talk in order for me to start my healing process. For two weeks, I was not allowed to defend myself because I was following a procedure where the law obligated me not to talk until I was in front of a judge”Thank God (these) claims were proven to be false, but I’m going to tell you the truth. It has been so painful. It has been devastating for me, for my family, for my friends. I don’t wish this upon anybody.”

Ricky added: “To the person that was claiming this nonsense, I wish him the best. And I wish he finds the help so he can start a new life filled with love and truth and joy and he doesn’t hurt anybody else. Now, my priority is to heal. And how do I heal? With music. I cannot wait to be back on stage. I cannot wait to be back in front of the cameras, and entertain, which is what I do best.:  Martin ended the video with: “Thank you to all of my friends. Thank you to all the fans who always believed in me. You have no idea the strength that you gave me with every comment you wrote on social media. I wish you love and light and here we come, with the same strength and passion. God bless you all.”

Share your thoughts for Ricky via the comment section, but first watch his emotional message below.

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Surprising . . . absolutely nobody.

His nephew has mental health issues, I knew Ricky Martin was innocent. Love you Ricky Martin.

Yeah, this one never had the “ring of truth” to it…. it’s not like Ricky Martin would have any problems finding a man outside the family. Really hope the nephew gets the help that he needs.

Right on! Why would he prey on some troubled young man, especially a relative when he can have his pick. He also couldn’t even say nephew but refers to him as ” the person claiming this nonsense “. I think it was all nonsense.

I also feel that while he can have his choice, why would he pursue this troubled young man,his own nephew that he refers to as ” the person claiming this nonsense “

What was not clear in the reporting is the accuser was the son of his step-sister – thus not biologically his nephew. Regardless, it’s time for this story to go away and for us to get back to criticizing the soap writers.

I appreciate your sharing that clarification, Steve. I have not read about this case anywhere but here, and I wouldn’t have known.

While I totally agree that this story never had the slightest ring of truth about it, it is completely irrelevant whether Ricky Martin would or would not have any problems finding a man other than the purported victim in this case, any more than it’s relevant, in a rape accusation, whether the man (usually) accused can or cannot get a woman to sleep with him via consent. Sexual predators can–and often do–have otherwise-normal sexual relationships as well. Let’s be careful to keep that in mind.

That said, nobody in the world, except possibly the accuser’s lawyer (and I’m not even sure about that), was surprised when this case fell apart, and in record time, too. I feel really bad for RM, just as I feel bad whenever this kind of thing happens, because I’m afraid the taint of it never really goes away; the lurid accusation is what tends to stick in people’s minds, not the fact that the accusation proved to be unfounded. Times two (at least) because he’s gay; that old perception that since gay people are “perverted,” they’re much more likely to commit sexual atrocities, dies hard (for example, the continuing perception that gay people are more likely to be child molesters, even though statistically that’s not the case at all). So now RM is stuck being “that guy that was accused of molesting his nephew,” because some people will insist that there HAD to be something going on, and a certain amount of the damage can’t be undone. It really sucks, and I wish RM the best (and all of us a better world in the future).

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‘General Hospital’ Favorite Johnny Wactor Dead at 37

Former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin), has died. Wactor’s mother, Scarlett confirmed to TMZ, that her son passed away early Saturday morning on May 25th. He was 37-years-old.

The details surrounding Johnny’s death are harrowing. He was reportedly shot and killed in downtown Los Angeles after three unidentified suspects were allegedly seen trying to steal a catalytic converter from his car,” shared Scarlett. She was also told Johnny didn’t try to fight or stop them. However, the men shot him anyway before taking off and fleeing the scene of the crime.

According to police reports, the paramedics rushed to the scene just after 3 AM PT, but Wactor died on his way to the hospital. At this time, police have not shared the description of the three suspects, but Johnny’s mother, is hoping they will be found soon.

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Wactor made his GH debut in 2020 as Brando and was the son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs). Brando fell in love with Sasha Gilmore ( got married and then the couple lost their premature son, Liam, which tore them both apart. In 2022, Brando was killed by the serial killer, The Hook, which turned to be Heather Webber (Alley Mills).

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One of Johnny’s first acting credits was in 2007 on Lifetime’s Army Wives. He later starred as Johnny in NBC’s Siberia, a supernatural drama filmed in the reality competition series vein. He also had several dramatic guest-starring roles in series such as: Criminal Minds, NCIS, Station 19 and more. As well, on the film side, Wactor had a featured role in 2016’s USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, a World War II drama starring Nicolas Cage and Tom Sizemore. More recently (in 2024), he starred as Marcus in Dead Talk Tales: Volume I.  Wactor was also seen in several national commercials.

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Johnny is survived by his mother and younger brothers, Grant and Lance.

Share your thoughts and condolences for Johnny’s family, and please share your heartfelt remembrances of Johnny, who tragically is now gone too soon, via the comment section below.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this developing story.

 

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‘Entertainment Tonight’s’ Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner Back as Hosts for 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

CBS and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced on Thursday that Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner are set to return as hosts for the upcoming 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, airing live on Friday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

This marks the third Daytime Emmys in a row that the ‘ET’ combo has hosted the festivities, having done son in 2022 and 2023.

In addition, Frazier and Turner are also nominated this year for Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Daytime Personality- Daily category. That is in addition to ‘ET’ being in the running for Outstanding Entertainment News series.

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Frazier has been co-host with Entertainment Tonight since September 2014. Previously, he was co-host and managing editor of The Insider and a correspondent and weekend host of ‘ET.’

As for Turner she has been the co-host of ‘ET’ since 2021. Nischelle first joined the entertainment news program as a correspondent back in 2014. Turner is an award-winning journalist with ‘ET’, and often lends her voice to entertainment and political news shows, along with joining their coverage on the Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars. She was previously was an entertainment contributor for CNN.

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This year marks the 18th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards, more than any other network. The show will broadcast live from the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

So, what do you think about Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner returning as the hosts of the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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Patrick Mulcahey OUT as General Hospital Co-Head Writer

After various reports surfaced, it has been confirmed that Patrick Mulcahey is out as the co-head writer of General Hospital. This is after a very short tenure of under five months.

Mulcahey was named to the position back in January of 2024 along with longtime GH writer Elizabeth Korte. They replaced the team of Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, who had been the head scribes of the long-running ABC daytime drama since 2019.

A source informed Soap Opera Digest that stories created by the co-head writing team of  Mulcahey/Korte team will air through mid-summer. However they added “There will be more news to share at a later date as to the composition of the new writing team.”

In addition, eagle-eyed soap fans have seen that in recent episodes former co-head writer, Chris Van Etten has been credited, as he is reportedly a breakdown writer with the show.

Soap Opera Network is reporting that Korte has assumed the head writing duties solely on her own at the moment, while Buzz blog initially reported Mulcahey’s exit.

We will have more on the GH writing team evolution in the days ahead.

What do you think about the writing team changes at GH thus far? Comment below.

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