Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has vehemently denied allegations he raped a woman in 2009, branding it as “fake news”.
The 33 year old is taking legal action against a German magazine that published claims he allegedly paid model Kathryn Mayorga, 34, £288,000 in a deal to stop her from speaking out.
The magazine Der Spiegel reported Kathryn alleges she was raped by the Portuguese player in a hotel room in Las Vegas in June 2009.
Kathryn and Ronaldo then reached an out-of-court agreement, her lawyer Leslie Mark Stovall told the publication.
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Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.
On an Instagram live video, Ronaldo vehemently denied the claims to his 142 million followers.
He said: “No, no, no, no, no. What they said today? Fake, fake news.”
The Juventus player added: “They want to promote [themselves by using] my name. It’s normal.
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“They want to be famous to say my name, but it is part of the job. I am a happy man and all good.”
In a statement, Ronaldo’s lawyer Christian Schertz said “the reporting in Spiegel is blatantly illegal”.
He said he would seek compensation from Der Spiegel 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.”
Der Spiegel’s deputy editor-in-Chief, Alfred Weinzierl, told Reuters stated his magazine had written to Ronaldo’s management and lawyers on multiple occasions about the allegations before publishing its report.
“We sent written questions, to which there were no answers. Nobody sued us in connection with earlier Ronaldo reports,” he said.