Reggaeton star Ozuna, 26, was the victim of a blackmail scheme involving an “intimate video” of himself taken while he was still underage.
“We hope that this will serve as an example and message to all teenagers and adults to protect their privacy and avoid [such] regrettable situations,” said a statement by Ozuna’s label and management firm, Dimelo Vi.
According to Ozuna, Kevin Fret, a Latin Trap singer, was the one who blackmailed him.
No blackmailer was named in the press statement, but Ozuna’s attorney Antonio Sagardía stated that Kevin Fret, the openly gay trap singer shot and killed on Jan. 10, claimed to have a video of an underage Ozuna performing a sex act and demanded money.
“Our attorney confirmed yesterday that urban artist Ozuna was extorted through an intimate video filmed when he was a minor. This video was edited [to cause] even more harm,” the statement by Dimelo Vi said.
Ozuna, a married father of two, paid Fret $50,000 before contacting the FBI.
Vicente Saavedra, Ozuna’s manager, stated his client has not been officially investigated or called to testify in the murder of Fret, according to Billboard.
Reggaeton and Latin Trap are both musical styles that originated out of Puerto Rico.