Las Vegas police reopen investigation into rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo

The footballer has dismissed the claims as 'fake news'

The footballer has dismissed the claims as 'fake news' Credit Reuters

Kathryn Mayorga is out of the US and is not speaking with media about the lawsuit she filed last week seeking monetary damages from Ronaldo, attorney Larissa Drohobyczer told The Associated Press. The woman, however, contends in her lawsuit that both a nurse at the hospital and a Las Vegas police detective discouraged her from filing charges against Ronaldo because of his fame.

On Monday, Ronaldo's agent, Gestifute, said they had no comment beyond a Friday statement by Ronaldo's lawyer Christian Schertz, who called the German magazine report "an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy". She then stated that Ronaldo asked her to perform a sex act but when she refused his request he pulled her into a bedroom, threw her on the bed, and raped her while she screamed for him to stop.

AP does not typically identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but Drohobyczer said Mayorga gave permission on Tuesday for her name to be used.

Video footage of both parties dancing together in the VIP section of the club Rain hours before the alleged assault occurred has surfaced online. "I'm a happy man, I'm all good".

Lawyers for Ronaldo, one of the world's best-known athletes, on Friday threatened to sue a German magazine that published the accusation.

Der Spiegel said Ms Mayorga, 34, filed a report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.

According to Der Spiegel, Mayorga first made a complaint of sexual assault in 2009 and subsequently reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo.

No court document was filed, and Drohobyczer declined to identify the lawyers who handled the case at that time for Mayorga and for Ronaldo.

Her client also was influenced in recent months by the #MeToo movement of women making public allegations of prior sexual assault, the attorney said.

The Portuguese had to wait until his fourth league match to get off the mark for his new club, but has begun to look more and more comfortable since.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages of at least $200,000.

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