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Cristiano Ronaldo denies Las Vegas rape claim from 2009

01 October 2018

Last year, German newspaper Der Spiegelpublished an article in which an anonymous American woman revealed that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo allegedly raped her in 2009 and bought her silence for $375,000 in an out-of-court settlement.

Ronaldo, who called the rape allegations against him "fake news" Sunday, allegedly paid the woman more than $350,000 in 2010 to keep the incident quiet, according to UK's Sun newspaper.

Her lawyers are now seeking to find the declared non-disclosure agreement void.

On Sunday, several United Kingdom media outlets followed Der Spiegel's interview by revealing court documents that shed further light on the alleged incident, in which Mayorga, now 34, who at the time was an aspiring model, says that the Portuguese raped her at the Palms Casino Resort Hotel on 13 June 2009. "It's normal", said Ronaldo.

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The 34-year-old woman is reported to have filed a rape report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.

"Ninety-nine percent of me is a good guy, I just don't know about the other 1%", he reportedly told her as he fell to his knees.

The shattered model gave an interview to German news magazine Der Spiegel where she described how Ronaldo persisted in his sexual advances despite her numerous rebuffs.

"Kathryn was sexually assaulted in June 2009 by an individual named Cristiano Ronaldo", Mayorga's lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, said in a video published online by Der Spiegel. "This is an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy".

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However, her lawyers now want to annul that agreement, which she says she only signed because she was "terrified of retaliation" and of "being publicly humiliated by being identified as a victim of sexual assault".

Cristiano also posted a Facebook Live video on the same day the lawsuit was filed. "The documents claim Ronaldo left the bedroom after the assault, 'stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman". Additional claims against him and his representatives include intentional infliction of emotional distress, coercion and fraud, and abuse of a vulnerable person. In reality, the lawsuit claims, his team was attempting to obstruct a criminal investigation and erode Mayorga's credibility, thus diminishing her chances of pursuing a claim for civil damages.

Reuters was not able to independently verify Mayorga's allegations.

"I've had like these serious breakdowns", she told the magazine.

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Cristiano Ronaldo denies Las Vegas rape claim from 2009