Cristiano Ronaldo allegedly spent $375,000 to silence a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a Las Vegas hotel back in 2009.
Ronaldo’s accuser endorsed the three-page settlement, following an unofficial deliberation in 2010, on the condition that she would dismiss all charges and never speak of the settlement in public, according to the Irish Times citing Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine.
The Real Madrid soccer icon, who was the focus of an unrelated rape accusation in 2005, has not spoken about the 2009 incident, and the Portuguese attorney who signed the document on his behalf declined to comment.
After becoming aware of the article, a second attorney for Ronaldo called the magazine and denied wrongdoing by his client and warned them to drop the probe.
Ronaldo, who was previously named FIFA World Player of the Year, was taken into custody back in 2005 for the alleged sexual assault of two women in a London penthouse. Another man, who was reportedly with Ronaldo at the hotel, also was interviewed by authorities.
Cristiano Ronaldo vehemently denied the allegations against him at the time, and the charges were dropped a month later because of insufficient evidence.