US Woman Files Lawsuit Accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of Rape

US Woman Files Lawsuit Accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of Rape

US Woman Files Lawsuit Accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of Rape

Ronaldo, who now plays for Juventus in Italy's Serie A, rejected the charges as "fake news" during a live chat on Instagram.

A Las Vegas woman has filed a lawsuit accusing soccer star, Cristiano Ronaldo, of allegedly raping her in 2009, then paying her $375,000 to stay quiet about it. "It's normal", Cristiano allegedly said about the allegations (you can see a clip from the video here). "What they said today, fake news", the five-time Ballon d'Or victor says into the camera.

The magazine said the alleged rape took place in June 2009 in a hotel room in Las Vegas, according to Leslie Mark Stovall, lawyer for the complainant, Kathryn Mayorga.

According to the documents submitted to the Clark County District Court in Nevada, after the pair met at a night club, Ronaldo invited Mayorga and a friend back to his penthouse suite.

German magazine, Der Spiegel, published an in-depth article over the weekend claiming American woman Kathryn Mayorga reported the alleged sexual assault to police in 2009. However, upon Der Spiegel's reporting on the documents past year, Ronaldo's lawyers denied the existence of the letter, leading Mayorga's current legal representation to question if the settlement was ever fulfilled.

When reached by CNN, Mayorga's attorney declined to comment beyond what was said in the lawsuit.

Mayorga, now 34, has a new lawyer and the Las Vegas police have reopened the case, according to news reports.

"The psychological trauma of the sexual assault, the fear of public humiliation and retaliation and the reiteration of those fears by law enforcement and medical providers left plaintiff terrified and unable to act or advocate for herself", the lawsuit states. "I'm (a) happy man and all, all good".

He added: "They want to promote [themselves by using] my name".

Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in world sport. However, documents revealed by the publication show that Ronaldo, when originally asked by his legal representation, acknowledged that Mayorga repeatedly denied his advances and said "no" during the encounter.

The Portuguese player is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, and recently joined Italy's Juventus from Real Madrid for $110 million USD (AUD$115 million). Ronaldo's lawyers say they will sue the magazine.

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