Cristiano Ronaldo is accused of raping a woman in a Las Vegas hotel room before telling her “I’m usually a gentleman”, court documents claim.
American Kathryn Mayorga says the Portuguese star attacked her nine years ago, claims the £100m Juventus forward strongly denies.
In an instagram post yesterday Ronaldo appeared to address the incident, saying: “No, no, no, no, no. What they said today? Fake, fake news.”
The alleged rape took place in June 2009 in a hotel room in Las Vegas, according to Leslie Mark Stovall, lawyer for the alleged victim Mayorga.
This was just as Ronaldo was poised to sign for Real Madrid from Manchester United
After the alleged incident Ronaldo and Ms Mayorga then reached an out-of-court agreement, according to Stovall.
According to Stovall, she had pledged never to speak of the accusation again and Ronaldo paid her $375,000.
She is now trying to overturn that judgement with her lawyer confirming papers had been filed at Clark County District Court in Nevada.
The court documents state: “Cristiano Ronaldo pulled the plaintiff into a bedroom and on to a bed and attempted to engage in sexual intercourse.”
It said the plaintiff refused, tried to cover herself and was screaming: “No, no, no”.
It adds: “When Cristiano Ronaldo completed the sexual assault, he allowed her to leave the bedroom stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman.”
Ms Mayora was 25 at the time and working for a nightclub inside the Palms Casino, in which Ronaldo, his brother in a law and cousin were in the VIP area on June 13, 2009.
Pictures show the Ronaldo and Ms Mayorga chatting before he invited her to his penthouse room to “enjoy the view of the Las Vegas strip”.
The suite has a jacuzzi and while Ms Mayorga was changing, the court papers seen by Der Spiegel claim he walked in, exposed himself and asked her to engage in a sex act.
In an interview with Der Spiegel Ms Mayorga claimed: “After he assaulted me, he wouldn’t let me leave. And he was calling me, ‘Baby, baby’.
“He gave me this look, this guilty look. Almost like he felt bad. I don’t remember but I’m pretty sure he said, ‘Sorry’, or, ‘Are you hurt?’
During the alleged incident, she claimed Ronaldo fell to his knees and said he was “99 per cent a good guy” who was let down by the “one per cent”.
Ms Mayorga then claims she asked Ronaldo if he had Aids, which he denied, saying as a top athlete he is tested every few months.
Ms Mayorga then said she went to the Las Vegas Police Department and was examined in hospital.
According to Der Speigel, she hired a lawyer and signed the $375,000 settlement.
But now she has decided to try and overturn the settlement, revealing what happened after being inspired by the MeToo movement. Her new lawyer also doesn’t believe the signed agreement is legally binding.
Ronaldo took part in an Instagram live earlier this week where he responded to fans’ questions on a variety of topics.
It is unclear what exact question was asked before Ronaldo seemingly dismissed the allegations.
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Looking into the camera, the Juventus star said: “No, no, no, no, no. What they said today? Fake, fake news.
“They want to promote [themselves by using] my name. It’s normal.
“They want to be famous to say my name, but it is part of the job. I am a happy man and all good.”
Lawyers for Ronaldo said on Friday they would sue Der Spiegel after it published the accusations by the American woman.
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Ronaldo’s lawyer Christian Schertz said in a statement the report was “an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy”, and that he would seek legal redress for his client from the magazine.
The statement was sent to Reuters by Ronaldo’s agent Gestifute in response to a request for comment on the Der Spiegel story. They did not comment.
Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in world sport. He has been named player of the year five times and transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid this summer for 100 million euros.
The Italian club declined to comment on the Der Spiegel report.
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Stovall did not immediately respond to email requests from Reuters for comment on the report and Ms Mayorga was not available for comment in telephone calls to her home.
Her lawyer told Der Spiegel, however, that he had filed a civil complaint seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.
“The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries,” Stovall told Der Spiegel.
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Schertz said he would seek compensation from Der Spiegel for “moral damages in an amount corresponding to the gravity of the infringement, which is probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years.”
The magazine’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Alfred Weinzierl, told Reuters that Der Spiegel had repeatedly written to Ronaldo’s management and lawyers about the allegations before publishing its report.
“We sent written questions, to which there were no answers,” he said in an email.
Mayorga told Der Spiegel she no longer felt bound by the non-disclosure agreement.
“I’ve had like these serious breakdowns,” she told the magazine. “And again, blaming of the rape. And I blame him, and I blame myself for signing that thing.”
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