Ronaldo slams Las Vegas woman's rape accusation as 'fake news'

Fake news’ Ronaldo dismisses rape claims as lawyers set to sue German magazine

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The allegations reported in German paper Der Spiegel state that the football star raped Kathryn Mayorga, a model turned teacher at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on the 13th of June, 2009.

In his Instagram Live video, Ronaldo answered a question from a fan and said: "No, no, no, no, no - what they said today [is] fake, fake news".

Reuters reported Saturday that Ronaldo's lawyers are threatening to sue German magazine Der Spiegel for publishing Mayorga's graphic allegations.

In addition the Der Spiegel claimed that Ronaldo splashed out £287,000 on Mayorga to stop her from speaking out again about her allegations that fateful, but her legal team now wants to challenge the alleged agreement.

Miss Mayorga said that the incident took years to get over and she had "serious breakdowns" that needed extensive therapy. "The goal of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries", Stovall told Der Spiegel.

"They wanna promote by my name, it's normal".

Ronaldo slams Las Vegas woman's rape accusation as 'fake news'
Ronaldo slams Las Vegas woman's rape accusation as 'fake news'

Mayorga also claims she went to the police and had photographs taken of her injuries at a hospital, but later agreed to an out-of-court settlement because she felt "terrified of retaliation" and was anxious about "being publicly humiliated." .

She says she only signed the original document because she was "scared" and "didn't want her name" in the public spotlight. "I am happy, man-and all good".

Miss Mayorga said that she kept quiet until the #MeToo movement inspired her to speak out and because she feels Ronaldo's lawyers violated the non-disclosure agreement on a technicality.

However Ronald's lawyer, Christian Schertz, has vehemently denied the accusations, saying "the reporting in Spiegel is blatantly illegal", the BBC reported.

Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in world sport.

The Portuguese player is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, and recently joined Italy's Juventus from Real Madrid for $110 million USD (AUD$115 million).

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