Ronaldo rape allegations: Cristiano Ronaldo has replied to allegations of sexual assault by an American woman.
A woman in the United States earlier accused Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo of rape. Kathryn Mayorga, 34, spoke for the first time since the alleged sexual assault in a Las Vegas suite in 2009.
Cristiano Ronaldo has now replied to the rape allegations on him through a video, which was published on social networking sites.
In the video, Ronaldo has rubbished the allegations, insisting that he was innocent and the newspapers have used his name to gain popularity.
In a thirty-second video, Ronaldo said, “What they said today [is] fake, fake news. They want to promote by my name. It’s normal, they want to be famous by saying my name. But it’s part of my job. I’m a happy man.”
Here is the video:
— RM_DNA (@officialrm_dna) September 29, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers, meanwhile, are set to take legal action against the newspaper after they published the accusations. Schertz Bergmann Rechtsanwälte, the Juventus’ forward’s lawyer, issued a statement condemning the report.
“The reporting in SPIEGEL is blatantly illegal. It violates the personal rights of our client Cristiano Ronaldo in an exceptionally serious way,” the statement read, as quoted by British outlet Daily Mail.
“This is an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy. It would therefore already be unlawful to reproduce this reporting.
“The Portuguese soccer star, says Kathryn Mayorga, 34, raped her in Las Vegas in 2009. Later, Ronaldo paid her $375,000 so that she would never again speak about that night”
Her lawyer’s now questioning the validity of that settlement in a civil complaint https://t.co/0Q4UQnkHIG
— David Rudin (@DavidSRudin) September 28, 2018
“We have been instructed to immediately assert all existing claims under press law against SPIEGEL, in particular, compensation 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.”