Cristiano Ronaldo has denied all accusations against him relating to rape allegations stating that he has a clear conscious and looks forward to the conclusion of the investigation that the Las Vegas Police has begun.
Kathryn Mayorga has accused the 33 year old star soccer player of raping her. Mayorga claims the incident took place in 2009 while in Las Vegas at the Palms Casino Resort. Ronaldo responded to the accusations releasing a statement on Twitter in both English and Portuguese that read:
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense. My clear conscience will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations.”
Last week, Larissa Drohobyczer, a lawyer acting on behalf of Mayorga, filed a civil litigation lawsuit against Ronaldo seeking monetary damages. While it is customary not to identify the accuser in cases like this, Mayorga authorised Drohobyczer to release her name. This has led to questions pertaining to her intent and whether she hopes to capitalise on that.
The lawsuit claims that while in a Vegas hotel room Ronaldo raped Mayorga, who was 24 years of age at the time while she was visiting him in his penthouse suite. Mayorga further claims that Ronaldo hired a team to “fix” the problem paying Mayorga $375,000 to not speak to investigators and essentially obstruct the investigation.
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Now 34, Mayorga claimed through her lawyer that at the time she was emotionally fragile and only agreed to the settlement due to not wanting her name made public.
Later in the day, Ronaldo released a video on Instagram shortly after the lawsuit was filed in Vegas and further denied the allegations stating,
“Fake. Fake news. You want to promote by 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.”
While in Vegas, Mayorga was in a nightclub and met Ronaldo the lawsuit states. It added that she elected to return to his suite with several other people, and it is there that the alleged attack took place when she and Cristiano were in the bedroom.
Aden OcampoGomez, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas Police Department, stated that due to the investigation being ongoing, that the department would not provide the public the report that Mayorga filed on the day the alleged attack took place. It was claimed by Drohobyczer that Mayorga sought out medical treatment and that an exam was conducted. The results of that exam were not made public.
OcampoGomez said that when the police spoke to Mayorga during their initial investigation, she refused to identify the attacker stating only it was a soccer player from Europe. At the time of the press release, no further information about the status of the investigation was available.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world’s top soccer players who left Manchester United in 2009 to play for the Real Madrid. Recently, he left the Real Madrid and moved to the Italian club Juventus. The lawsuit is seeking damages of at least $200,000 and included eleven accusations against people who worked for Ronaldo and Ronaldo himself. This includes abusing a vulnerable person, defamation, conspiracy, infliction of emotional distress, battery, abuse of process, breach of contract, racketeering and conspiracy and for acting negligently for releasing details of a settlement that was confidential.