Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has called claims by a US women that he raped her as ‘fake news’.
Kathryn Mayorga, 34, claims Ronaldo raped her in a hotel room in Las Vegas back in 2009, prior to his Real Madrid move.
Mayorga is reported to have filed a rape report with Las Vegas police following the incident but an out-of-court settlement was reached at the time with Ronaldo, seeing the Portuguese pay £288,000 for agreeing to never go public with the allegations.
German magazine, Der Spiegel have been heavily reporting the news, claiming they hold vital documents that cite Ronaldo accepting responsibility for the incident.
Mayorga has now been re-interviewed by local police over the incident and it is reported that the case could now be re-opened – claiming the non-disclosure agreement is void.
In a statement, Ronaldo’s lawyer Christian Schertz has said that Spiegel should not be reporting the news, claiming that he would see compensation over the claims.
Ronaldo himself, posted a video via Instagram, saying that the claims were ‘fake news’ and that Mayorga wants to ‘promote herself using his name’.
Ronaldo joined Italy’s Juventus from Real Madrid for £99.2m earlier this year following a successful stint with Madrid, where he won the Champions League three times in a row.