Cristiano Ronaldo insisted once more Wednesday that he didn’t rape a lady he met in a Las Vegas lodge in 2009 and that their se**xual encounter was “utterly consensual”, mentioned his lawyer.
“Ronaldo is compelled to interrupt his silence,” mentioned the Juventus and Portuguese star’s lawyer Peter Christiansen in an announcement launched by means of Gestifute, the corporate which manages the participant’s affairs.
“As soon as once more, for the avoidance of doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo’s place has all the time been, and continues to be, that what occurred in 2009 in Las Vegas was utterly consensual.”
Police in Las Vegas introduced final week that they had been reopening an investigation into allegations made by a former mannequin, Kathryn Mayorga, regarding an incident in 2009.
Ronaldo has vehemently denied the rape accusations.
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued towards me,” the 33-year-old mentioned in an announcement.
“Rape is an abominable crime that goes towards every little thing that I’m and imagine in.”
Mayorga claims she was pressured into signing a non-disclosure settlement in 2010 to maintain the alleged rape secret and is searching for not less than $200,000 in penalties and damages.
“Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t deny that he agreed to conclude an settlement,” added Christiansen.
“This settlement is on no account a confession of guilt. What occurred was merely that Cristiano Ronaldo merely adopted the recommendation of his advisers to be able to put an finish to the insulting accusations made towards him to be able to keep away from makes an attempt, similar to these now witnessed, to destroy a status constructed because of intense work, nice athleticism and ethically impeccable behaviour.”
Christiansen added “paperwork that allegedly comprise statements by Cristiano Ronaldo and had been reproduced within the media are pure invention”.