Football Superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of rape by a Las Vegas woman.
Kathryn Mayorga says the Portuguese footballer raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 while she repeatedly screamed no, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Clark County.
After the attack, according to the lawsuit, Ronaldo apologized, ‘stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman.’ The lawsuit alleges that Ronaldo himself told his team of fixers that ‘she said ‘no’ and ‘stop’ several times.’
Mayorga’s lawsuit accuses Ronaldo and his team of taking advantage of her fragile emotional state to coerce her into signing a settlement and nondisclosure agreement in 2009. She claims she received $375,000 in exchange for her silence; her lawsuit seeks to void the settlement and agreement.
Ronaldo’s representatives denied the rape allegations when German publication Der Spiegel first reported them in 2017. After the outlet broke news of the lawsuit Friday in an interview with Mayorga, Ronaldo’s lawyer called the reporting ‘blatantly illegal.’
‘It violates the personal rights of our client Cristiano Ronaldo in an exceptionally serious way. This is an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy,’ lawyer Christian Schertz said in a statement.
In an Instagram live post, Ronaldo called the claims ‘fake…fake news’
The Woman’s Account
Mayorga met Ronaldo at the Palms Hotel and Casino on June 13, 2009, the complaint says. Ronaldo invited her, her friend and others to his penthouse suite. According to Mayorga’s lawsuit, Ronaldo asked her to join the group in a jacuzzi and gave her shorts and a T-shirt to wear.
As Mayorga changed in a bathroom, she said Ronaldo approached her, exposed himself and asked her for oral sex. Mayorga said she refused, but that Ronaldo pulled her into a bedroom and raped her as she screamed, “No, no, no.”
The same day, she reported the incident to the police and went to the hospital for a sexual assault examination, the lawsuit says
‘The psychological trauma of the sexual assault, the fear of public humiliation and retaliation and the reiteration of those fears by law enforcement and medical providers left plaintiff terrified and unable to act or advocate for herself,’ the lawsuit claims.
Ronaldo had retained a team of fixers that the lawsuit calls ‘personal reputation protection specialists,’ who are unnamed defendants. The lawsuit alleges they monitored Mayorga, her friends and family as well as law enforcement to ‘develop and implement a strategy’ to prevent or delay public disclosure of the allegations and criminal prosecution of Ronaldo.
Knowing she was a ‘vulnerable person,’ his team reinforced the threat of public humiliation if she or anyone else publicly disclosed her allegations or cooperated with law enforcement, her complaint says. They threatened to portray her as having consented to sex and then making a false claim so she could extort Ronaldo for money.
The lawsuit accuses Ronaldo of battery for sodomizing her. Additional claims against him and his representatives include intentional infliction of emotional distress, coercion and fraud, and abuse of a vulnerable person