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Cristiano Ronaldo threatens legal action against German magazine over 2009 rape claims made by American woman

September 30, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cristiano Ronaldo threatens legal action against German magazine over 2009 rape claims made by American woman

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On Friday, attorneys representing soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo revealed they would sue German magazine, Der Spiegel, after it released “blatantly illegal” accusations made by an American woman who claimed the Portuguese soccer star raped her back in 2009.

Ronaldo’s attorney Christian Schertz announced in a statement that the story was “an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy,” and that he would pursue legal redress from the magazine, the Daily Mail reported.

The statement was given to Reuters by Ronaldo’s agent Gestifute in response to a comment request on the Der Spiegel bombshell. Gestifute did not address any specific questions about the content of the Der Spiegel report, which Reuters was unable to verify.

Ronaldo is one of the biggest sporting icon in the world. He has been awarded player of the year five times and was sent to play for Juventus from Real Madrid this summer for 100 million euros. The soccer club also refused to comment on the Der Spiegel allegations.

The magazine reported on the rape allegations that occurred in 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room, according to Leslie Mark Stovall, who is representing Kathryn Mayorga — the alleged victim.

Ronaldo and Mayorga then struck an out-of-court agreement, Stovall indicated.

It said, Stovall reported, that she had vowed never to speak of the complaint again and Ronaldo gave her $375,000.

“Kathryn was sexually assaulted in 2009 by Cristiano Ronaldo,” Mayorga’s attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, said in a video released online by Der Spiegel.

Reuters was could not independently confirm Mayorga’s accusations.

“The purpose of the suit is to hold Ronaldo responsible within a civil court for the injuries he caused Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries,” Stovall said to Der Spiegel.

Schertz said he would request payment from Der Spiegel for “moral damages corresponding to the gravity of the infringement, which is one of the most serious violations of rights in recent years.”

The publication’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Alfred Weinzierl, told Reuters that Der Spiegel had repeatedly reached out to Ronaldo’s reps and legal team regarding the allegations before releasing the story.

Mayorga told the magazine that she no longer felt constrained by the non-disclosure settlement as she suffers from the consequences the incident nine years ago.

“I’ve had serious breakdowns,” she said. “I blame him, and I blame myself for signing that thing.”

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