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Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is no stranger to headlines, but usually for his on-field performances. Though, this time out, in what may send shock waves through the football world, the Portuguese has been put in bad light after reports emerging of rape allegations against him.
According to German media outlet Der Speigel, an American woman named Kathryn Mayorga has accused the renowned footballer for raping her in a hotel room in Las Vegas back in 2009, and then paid $375,000 for her silence.
However, according to a report in the Telegraph, Cristiano Ronaldo's lawyers have denied the rape allegations by calling the report 'blatantly illegal'. In the wake of these claims, the Portuguese footballers lawyers will further file a lawsuit against the German news outlet for 'moral damages in an amount corresponding to the gravity of the infringement, which is probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years.'
The reported woman, Kathryn Mayorga has broke her silence publicly for the first time since claiming to be raped after spending the night partying with Portuguese superstar, his brother-in-law and his cousin.
Mayorga insists that the five-time Baloon D'or winner was brought down to his knees after being ashamed of the incident, while telling her that he was “99 per cent a good guy” let down by the “one per cent”.
Earlier, when Ronaldo was quizzed about these allegations, he denied the reports claiming that the sex was consensual. The lawyers are now questioning the validity of the out-of-court agreement which happened in Nevada.
In response to that, Der Spiegel claimed that lawyers case was based on the account of Ronaldo's version of events that transpired that night. In the report, the 33-year-old footballer was quoted as saying “she said ‘no’ and ‘stop’ several times.”
However, this is not the first time the star footballer has courted controversy. During his time at Manchester United back in 2003, a woman had accused him of sexual assault in a penthouse suite at the Sanderson Hotel in Central London.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has rather had a modest start to life at Juventus, at least by his standards. Since making the his 100 million switch from Real Madrid, e has scored 3 times in 6 matches, while the 3 goals have come in the last 3 matches he's played.