Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed as “fake news” accusations by a US woman who alleges she was raped by the Portuguese footballer in 2009. In an Instagram video, Ronaldo said they want to promote themselves by using his name.
Ronaldo’s lawyers say they will sue Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, which originally reported the allegations. The magazine wrote that Kathryn Mayorga had claimed Ronaldo raped her in a hotel room in Las Vegas.
Ms Mayorga is reported to have filed a rape report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident. In 2010, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a two hundred and eighty-eight thousand pounds payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations.
Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void. In a statement, Ronaldo’s lawyer Christian Schertz said “the reporting in Spiegel is blatantly illegal”. Ronaldo joined Italy’s Juventus from Real Madrid for nine-nine-point-two million pounds earlier this year. The Portuguese international is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.