Ozuna Confirms He Was the Victim of Extortion: ‘What Happened Was a Mistake of the Past’

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Reggaeton star Ozuna confirmed in an announcement Wednesday (Jan. 23) that he was the sufferer of an extortion rip-off tied to a video filmed of him when he was minor.

“At the time, we filed a grievance,” stated an announcement launched by Ozuna’s label administration workplace, Dimelo VI, confirming an interview given Tuesday by Ozuna’s lawyer to Puerto Rican press. “Our lawyer confirmed yesterday that city artist Ozuna was extorted via an intimate video filmed when he was a minor. This video was edited with the target of inflicting much more hurt. At the time [of the extortion plot], we filed a grievance and all of the authorized measures are being taken, as sending and publishing movies of minors is a state and federal offense.”

Billboard has not seen the video that’s alluded to within the assertion.

As a part of the assertion, Ozuna additionally issued an apology.

“What occurred was a mistake of the previous. Like many younger individuals, I made a mistake, fueled by ignorance,” learn the assertion. “Today, I’m not solely sorry for what occurred, however I condemn it. That’s why I appeared for assist and I’m sure all the pieces shall be cleared. Likewise, I’m following the method and am at all times keen to collaborate with authorities to forestall the evil that resulted from this huge mistake. More importantly, I ask my household for forgiveness. They are my life’s precedence and I’ll proceed to struggle for them at all times.”

Ozuna was the one most profitable Latin artist of the previous yr, together with his two studio albums ending 2018 because the No. 1 and No. 2 largest albums on Billboard’s Latin year-end charts.

“We hope this serves for example and a message to all youngsters and adults,” stated Dimelo VI’s assertion.

Reports printed Tuesday in a number of Puerto Rican media shops acknowledged the individual extorting Ozuna was slain entice singer Kevin Fret. At press time, Ozuna’s workplace had not confirmed to Billboard that this was the case.

Ozuna's supervisor, Vicente Saavedra, categorically instructed Billboard that Ozuna is just not below any form of investigation or questioning from authorities.