There have been claims of rape against soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo over the past week. The superstar however is brushing off the allegations stating it’s fake news.
American model Kathryn Mayorga who is now 34 years old has accused Ronaldo of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel room. The model says that when she was 25 years old while she was working at Rain nightclub inside the Palms Casino Resort. Mayorga says that Ronaldo paid her $375,000 in exchange for her silence.
The model stated that he raped her while she repeatedly screamed “No” according to the lawsuit filed. After the attack, the lawsuit states that Ronaldo then apologized saying that “he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman.” The lawsuit also states that Ronaldo told his representatives that she said “no” and “stop” several times.
When the news broke out in an interview with Mayorga, Ronaldo’s lawyer called the reporting “blantanty illegal”. Ronaldo’s representatives denied the rape allegations when they came out in an interview in 2017.
“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 (CNN news).
Mayorga met Ronaldo at Rain nightclub in Las Vegas on June 13, 2009. She says that Ronaldo invited her and her friend to his penthouse suite along with others. In the lawsuit, Ronaldo asked her to get in the jacuzzi with him but she didn’t want to ruin her dress so he gave her a t-shirt and shorts to wear. As she was changing, she states that Ronaldo comes in the bathroom exposing himself asking for oral sex. Mayorga said she refused and that Cristiano pulled her into the bedroom, raping her as she screamed “no no no”. That same day, she reported the incident to the police and went to the hospital for a sexual assault examination. According to the L.A.P.D Mayorga did not provide a name or location of the assault. She just wanted to report a sexual assault and get the medical exam. The case was closed shortly after but the police still obtain images and other information from the exam.