Cristiano Ronaldo says that he “firmly denies” any rape allegations that have been made against him by an American woman. Kathryn Mayorga, the woman in question, says that Ronaldo raped her while she repeatedly said, “no” in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 while he was a player of Manchester United.
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” the Juventus forward wrote on Twitter. “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.”
Leslie Stovall, Mayorga’s lawyer, said her client’s ”psychological” injuries, as well as the physical evidence and Ronaldo’s alleged answers are not fake news in response to his Instagram live video in which he said, “”What they said today, fake, fake news. They want to promote by my name. It’s normal. They want to be famous, to say my name. Yeah but it’s part of the job. I’m a happy man and all good.”
Las Vegas police have re-opened the rape complaint that Mayorga made against Ronaldo, and the lawsuit is attempting to void the settlement of $375,000 for her silence.