Cristiano Ronaldo speaks out against rape claim

Cristiano Ronaldo has denied raping an American woman, saying his conscience is clear.

The Portuguese footballer tweeted a denial after Kathryn Mayorga claimed last week that he raped her in June 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room.

In his first direct denial of the accusations, he said: “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 conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.”

Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Italian powerhouse Juventus in the summer
Image: Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Italian powerhouse Juventus in the summer

Der Spiegel reported that the footballer and the 34-year-old reached an out-of-court agreement which involved her remaining silent about the alleged rape and him paying her $ 375,000 (£275,000).

The denial comes three days after he answered a fan’s questions on an Instagram Live video about the claim.

He said: “No, no, no, no, no – what they said today [is] fake, fake news.

“They wanna promote by my name, it’s normal.

“They wanna be famous to say my name, yeah, but it’s part of the job.

“I’m a happy man and all good.”

Der Spiegel reported that Ms Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, has filed a civil complaint to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.

He told the magazine: “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.”

Ms Mayorga told the magazine she no longer felt bound by the non-disclosure agreement as she still suffers from the consequences of the alleged rape nine years ago.

Ronaldo is one of the world’s most famous athletes. He has been named world player of the year five times and recently completed a €100m (£89m) transfer to Juventus from Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Image: Ronaldo is one of the world's best athletes

The Italian club has declined to comment on the report, but Ronaldo’s lawyer said he would seek legal redress from the magazine for reporting claims which he described as “blatantly illegal”.

Christian Schertz said in a statement: “It violates the personal rights of our client Cristiano Ronaldo in an exceptionally serious way.

“This is an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy.

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“It would therefore already be unlawful to reproduce this reporting.

“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.”

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