A lawyer representing the woman claiming Cristiano Ronaldo, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and one of football’s biggest player, raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 has said the accusation is not ‘fake news.’
Kathryn Mayorga says the Portuguese footballer raped her back in 2009 at his house after inviting her and some other friends to come party at his place. She reportedly screamed no according to the lawsuit filed on Friday in Nevada.
After the attack, according to the lawsuit, Ronaldo apologized, ‘stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman.’
Mayorga’s lawsuit accuses Ronaldo, 33, 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.
Leslie Stovall, Mayorga’s co-counsel, said her complaint and her ‘psychological’ injuries, as well as the physical evidence, the settlement and Ronaldo’s alleged answers to questions about the assault, are not fake news
Her statement says that her client wanted to hold the soccer star accountable and protect other women and also wanted to show how ‘fixers’ like the ones who allegedly assisted Ronaldo enable sexual assault, Stovall reported.
Stovall further said that Mayorga hoped to convince victims to pursue charges against alleged perpetrators, ‘no matter how wealthy, famous or powerful they may appear to be.’
Ronaldo’s representative denied the allegations when German Newspaper Der Spiegel first reported it in 2017, calling 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.
Las Vegas Police announced the case was reopened on Monday.