Woman sues soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, accuses him of rape


In an Instagram video posted this weekend, as reported by the BBC, Ronaldo responded, claiming: "They want to promote (themselves) by (using) my name".

She also claimed that in 2010 she signed an out-of-court settlement of around £275,000 to never go public with the allegations.

His lawyer calls the Der Spiegel story, which lays out Mayorga's backstory and offers more details on what she says happened that night in 2009, "blatantly illegal".

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One of the lawyers said the Der Siegel article was "an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy", Reuters reported.

The German magazine goes on to say that Mayorga's lawyer is now "questioning the validity of that out-of-court settlement in a civil complaint in Nevada".

She said she filed a rape report with Las Vegas police the next day, according to the paper.

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Separately, in an interview with Der Spiegel, Ms Mayorga claims Ronaldo said he was "99 percent good a good guy" let down by the "1 percent".

In addition, Cristiano allegedly spoke out about the allegations in a now unavailable video from Instagram live. "I'm a happy man and all, all good", said Ronaldo. After refusing to enter the balcony hot tub of the suite for fear of ruining a dress, Mayorga claims Ronaldo gave her some clothes and instructed her to change in the bathroom. They want to be famous, to say my name. However, documents revealed by the publication show that Ronaldo, when originally asked by his legal representation, acknowledged that Mayorga repeatedly denied his advances and said "no" during the encounter.

When reached by CNN, Mayorga's attorney declined to comment beyond what was said in the lawsuit. Under pressure from Ronaldo's "fixers", Mayorga settled the case "in exchange for a payment of $375,000 and non-disclosure of the sexual assault", the lawsuit said.

She described to the German magazine why she accepted the hush money in the first place - paid from a company account in the British Virgin Islands.

You can read the entire Der Spiegel report in English here.

Ronaldo has since denied the allegations against him through a representative, calling them "untruthful and false".