Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Las Vegas woman breaks silence on Ronaldo ‘rape’

Las Vegas woman breaks silence on Ronaldo ‘rape’

According to a lawsuit filed Friday in Nevada, a woman named Kathryn Mayorga is alleging the soccer star assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.

Separately, in an interview with Der Spiegel, Ms Mayorga claims Ronaldo said he was "99 percent good a good guy" let down by the "1 percent".

Mayorga allegedly filed a complaint with Las Vegas police the next day.

"No, no, no, no, no. What they said today, fake news", the five-time Ballon d'Or victor says into the camera.

Monday's statement concludes by saying Mayorga hopes to encourage victims to report assaults "no matter how famous, wealthy or powerful they may appear to be". "I'm [a] happy man and all, all good".

His lawyer calls the Der Spiegel story, which lays out Mayorga's backstory and offers more details on what she says happened that night in 2009, "blatantly illegal".

His lawyers have said they will seek "compensation for moral damages" on his behalf in response to the "inadmissible" and "unlawful" reports.

Ronaldo said "they" were trying to use his name to promote "themselves".

After playing for Manchester United and Real Madrid, he joined Serie A heavyweights Juventus for a reported US$117 million (NZ$177m) transfer fee. However, upon Der Spiegel's reporting on the documents past year, Ronaldo's lawyers denied the existence of the letter, leading Mayorga's current legal representation to question if the settlement was ever fulfilled. Ronaldo and Mayorga then reached an out-of-court agreement, according to Stovall as reported in the magazine.

Mayorga says Ronaldo invited her and others to his hotel room to party.

She says he apologized after it was over, "stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman". Kathyrn Mayorga was born and raised in Las Vegas, suffered from a learning disability and played softball and soccer in her youth.

In mediation discussions, Ronaldo's representatives led her to believe they were attempting to compensate her for her injuries, and that agreeing to the settlement precluded her from cooperating with police.

Leslie Stovall, Mayorga's lawyer, said in a statement on Monday that his client wanted to "obtain justice by holding Cristiano Ronaldo accountable for his conduct".

Her lawyers are now seeking to find the declared non-disclosure agreement void.

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