Cristiano Ronaldo Says Rape Claim Is 'Fake News'

Cristiano Ronaldo Says Rape Claim Is ‘Fake News’

Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed accusations by a US woman who alleges she was raped by the Portuguese footballer in 2009 as “fake news”.

In an Instagram video, Christiano Ronaldo said: “They want to promote [themselves] by [using] my name. It’s normal.”

The Portuguese footballer’s lawyers say they will sue Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, who originally reported the rape allegations.

Der Spiegel reported that a woman named Kathryn Mayorga claimed Christiano Ronaldo, 33, raped her in a hotel room in Las Vegas.

34-year-old Mayorga is reported to have filed a rape report with Las Vegas PD shortly after the alleged incident.

She reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement in 2010 with Christiano Ronaldo involving a $375,000 (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the rape allegations.

Mayorga’s lawyers said they are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.

In a statement, Christiano Ronaldo‘s lawyer Christian Schertz said “the reporting in Der Spiegel is blatantly illegal”.

He added that he had been instructed to seek compensation for “moral damages” over “probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years”.

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