An investigation against one of the most famous soccer stars in the world has been reopened by authorities in Las Vegas. Police have confirmed that they are again looking into a case at the request of a woman who alleged that Cristiano Ronaldo raped her after the two partied together at a Sin City nightclub in 2009.
The accuser, Kathryn Mayorga, went public with her claims in an interview with the German news magazine Der Spiegel. She alleges that the Juventus forward invited her back to his suite at the Palms Casino Resort and once back at the room he followed her into the bathroom. She then stated that Ronaldo asked her to perform a sex act but when she refused his request he pulled her into a bedroom, threw her on the bed, and raped her while she screamed for him to stop.
Video footage of both parties dancing together in the VIP section of the club Rain hours before the alleged assault occurred has surfaced online.
According to the Sun, Mayorga went to the hospital for evidence to be collected following the alleged incident and then went to the police. Law enforcement officials acknowledged that a report was filed at that time.
“The report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description. A medical exam was conducted,” authorities said in a statement. “As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided.”
Mayorga also claimed that in 2010, she agreed not to go public with her allegations and reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo for around $375,000. Her attorneys now want to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.
The athlete has denied Mayorga’s accusations and called what was written in Der Spiegel “fake news.”
“They want to promote by my name. It’s normal. They want to be famous. It’s part of the job. I’m happy man and all good,” Ronaldo said in a video on Instagram Live.
His lawyer, Christian Schertz, also responded and called the German magazine’s reporting “blatantly illegal” and said his client will seek “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.”
When Mayorga met Ronaldo she was an aspiring model. She later became a teacher but said she had to quit her job and has gone into hiding because of threats from Ronaldo’s fans. She explained that she decided to break her silence in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Ronaldo is playing in his first season with Itlay’s Juventus after spending the previous nine at Real Madrid. The Portuguese star is a five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, which is the award given to the top soccer player in the world. He has been listed as the third-highest paid athlete in the world for 2018 by Forbes with an income of $108 million.
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