Cristiano Ronaldo has responded to the rape allegations that were made against him by an American woman as ‘fake news’, while his lawyers have threatened to sue German magazine Der Spiegel for the accusations made in a recent report.
Information surfaced on Friday through the German publication, in which an American woman – Kathryn Mayorga alleged that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner raped her in a hotel room in Las Vegas nine years ago.
The report further stated, according to Leslie Mark Stovall, the lawyer for the complainant, that Ronaldo paid her $375 000 (R5.28m) for a non-disclosure agreement.
“(Mayorga) was sexually assaulted in June 2009 by an individual named Cristiano Ronaldo,” Stovall said in a video published by Der Spiegel
However, Ronaldo’s lawyer, Christian Schertz, said in a statement through the Juventus midfielder’s management company Gestifute that the report was ‘inadmissible’ and that he would seek legal redress for his client from the magazine.
“(The report) violates the personal rights of our client Cristiano Ronaldo in an exceptionally serious way,” Shertz’s statement said.
An Instagram video posted this weekend, as reported by the BBC, showed Ronaldo’s response, claiming: “They want to promote (themselves) by (using) my name. It’s normal.”