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Ricky Martin faces restraining order in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (AP) – A judge has issued a restraining order against Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin, police said on Saturday.

The order was signed on Friday, and authorities visited an upscale neighbourhood in the north coastal town of Dorado where the singer lives to try to serve the order, police spokesman Axel Valencia told The Associated Press (AP).

“Up until now, police haven’t been able to find him,” Valencia said.

Martin’s publicist did not immediately return a message asking for comment.

It was not immediately known who requested the restraining order. Valencia said he could not provide further details because the order was filed under Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law.

El Vocero, a Puerto Rico newspaper, said the order states that Martin and the other party dated for seven months.

File photo of Ricky Martin at the premiere of the film ‘Elvis’ at the 75th international film festival in Cannes, southern France. PHOTO: AP

The report quotes the order as sying they broke up two months ago, but the petitioner said Martin did not accept the separation and has been seen loitering near the petitioner’s house at least three times.

“The petitioner fears for his safety,” El Vocero quoted the order as saying.

AP has not obtained a copy of the order.

Valencia said that 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.

Valencia noted that the person who filed for the restraining order did not contact police, which would have involved prosecutors determining if there was enough evidence to file charges.

Rather the request went straight to the court.