A woman from the United States has levelled serious accusations against Cristiano Ronaldo, as per a report by DER SPIEGEL.
Kathryn Mayorga, 34, accused the Portuguese soccer star saying that he raped her in Las Vegas in 2009. Later, Ronaldo paid her $375,000 so that she would never again speak about that night. However, after nearly a decade, her lawyer is now questioning the validity of that out-of-court settlement in a civil complaint in Nevada.
Mayorga has now spoken publicly for the first time about her encounter with Ronaldo nine years ago and tells her version of what took place in his hotel suite.
She claims, Ronaldo raped her anally. Afterwards, she says he asked her if she was in pain.
“By this time, he’s (…) on his knees. He says the 99 percent thing.” Mayorga says, he insisted, that he was a “good guy” except for the “one percent.”
Ronaldo, 33, has vehemently denied these claims and said that the sex was consensual. As per the report, after taking the sum, she had pledged never to speak of the accusation again. Although, Mayorga told Der Spiegel she no longer felt bound by the nondisclosure agreement.
However, after these allegations have publicly emerged again and reported by the media, Football star Cristiano Ronaldo is set to sue German magazine Der Spiegel over “blatantly illegal” claims by an American woman claiming he raped her nine years ago, as reported by Reuters.
Ronaldo’s lawyer Christian Schertz said in a statement to Reuters last night that the Der Spiegel report was “inadmissable reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy”.
In a video published online by Der Spiegel, law firm Stovall representing the woman said,
“Kathryn was sexually assaulted in June 2009 by an individual named Cristiano Ronaldo.”
But Stovall told Der Spiegel that they had filed a civil complaint seeking to declare the nondisclosure agreement void.
“The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries,” he said.
However, Ronaldo’s lawyer Schertz said he would seek compensation from Der Spiegel for “moral damages in an amount corresponding to the gravity of the infringement”.
He said it was “probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years”.
The magazine’s deputy editor-in-chief, Alfred Weinzierl, told Reuters that Der Spiegel had repeatedly written to Ronaldo’s management and lawyers about the allegations before publishing.
“We sent written questions, to which there were no answers. Nobody sued us in connection with earlier Ronaldo reports,” he said in an email to Reuters.
Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in world sport. He has been named player of the year five times and transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid this summer.
The Italian club declined to comment on the Der Spiegel report.