Cristiano Ronaldo has personally spoken out for the first time about the rape allegations made by a Nevada woman.
Kathryn Mayorga alleges that Ronaldo forced her to have sex with him at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. She later reached an out-of-court settlement with the footballer to keep her allegations private, but her lawyers say that Ronaldo did not fulfill one of the terms of the settlement, and the agreement is therefore void.
As for Ronaldo, here is what he had to say:
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” the Juventus forward wrote on his Twitter account. “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.
“Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.”
“My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.”
On Tuesday, the Las Vegas Police Department confirmed it had reopened an investigation into a claim of rape by Mayorga but said that she had not named a suspect at the time.
“The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department responded to a call of a sexual assault on 13 June 2009. At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description. A medical exam was conducted.
As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided by the victim. This is an ongoing investigation and no further details will be released at this time.”
The footballer’s representatives said they had no further comment following the reopening of the case by Las Vegas police.