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Der Spiegel stands by Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegation reporting

11 October 2018

Ronaldo "vehemently denies all accusations" made against him by Mayorga, who has filed a lawsuit against the 33-year-old claiming he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 before sending a team of "fixers" to obstruct the criminal investigation and trick her into keeping quiet for $375,00 (£268,000).

The statement adds that documents which have appeared in the media, claiming to contain details of the allegations that Ronaldo anally raped Mayorga in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009, are "complete fabrications", and that the encounter was consensual.

The case was originally closed after Ronaldo signed a confidentiality agreement in 2010 with Mayorga, a former model now aged 34, who received a pay-off in return for her silence.

Las Vegas police say they have reopened a sexual assault investigation of the encounter between Ronaldo and Mayorga.

Speaking further, he noted there was an agreement between Ronaldo and Mayorga in 2010, but the latter has not kept to the terms reached.

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Mayorga's attorneys, Leslie Stovall and Larissa Drohobyczer, did not immediately respond to telephone, email and text messages.

Ronaldo has called the entire story "fake news".

"To be clear, Mr Ronaldo vehemently denies all of the allegations in the complaint and has consistently maintained that denial for the last nine years".

Juventus, whom Ronaldo joined for a fee worth more than €100m, has backed their star player, saying "events allegedly dating back to nearly 10 years ago" do not change their opinion about him.

The attorneys said she was "emotionally fragile", out of the country and would not be interviewed by media.

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"Real Madrid has absolutely no knowledge of any of the information that the newspaper published with regard to the player Cristiano Ronaldo, and therefore the club could not have taken action on a matter of which it had no knowledge", the club said in a statement. It said Ronaldo was against settling and always declared his innocence.

What happened was simply that Cristiano Ronaldo merely followed the advice of his advisers in order to put an end to the insulting accusations made against him in order to avoid attempts, such as those now witnessed, to destroy a reputation built thanks to intense work, great athleticism and ethically impeccable behavior.

'Unfortunately, it is now involved in the type of litigation that is very common in the United States.

Cristiano Ronaldo's lawyer has claimed that documents in which the footballer reportedly admits to raping an American woman are "pure inventions", fabricated as part of an "intentional defamation campaign" against the Portuguese player.

"It concludes by saying that: "[Ronaldo] is confident that the truth will survive this frenzy and the laws of Nevada will be upheld and enforced".

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Der Spiegel stands by Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegation reporting