‘Ron­aldo, prove doc­u­ments false’

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At­tor­neys for a Ne­vada woman ac­cus­ing Cris­tiano Ron­aldo of rape yes­ter­day chal­lenged the in­ter­na­tional foot­ball star’s le­gal team to prove that doc­u­ments cited in Euro­pean me­dia re­ports about their 2009 en­counter in Las Ve­gas are false.

Any­thing that proves that doc­u­ments were al­tered, fab­ri­cated or in­ac­cu­rate also “should be im­me­di­ately turned over to the ap­pro­pri­ate law en­force­ment agen­cies”, at­tor­neys Les­lie Sto­vall and Larissa Dro­hoby­czer said in a state­ment emailed to me­dia.

“Dis­putes re­gard­ing the ac­cu­racy of doc­u­ments are gen­er­ally ques­tions of fact to be de­cided by the jury,” they said.

Ron­aldo’s at­tor­ney, Peter S Chris­tiansen, de­clined to re­spond.

On Wed­nes­day, Chris­tiansen is­sued a state­ment deny­ing wrong­do­ing by Ron­aldo, brand­ing doc­u­ments that led to me­dia re­ports about the rape claim “com­plete fab­ri­ca­tions” and as­sert­ing that the en­counter in a Las Ve­gas ho­tel pent­house bed­room was con­sen­sual. The doc­u­ments be­came pub­lic be­cause they were stolen by a hacker in Europe and put up for sale, he said.

Sto­vall and Dro­hoby­czer said Chris­tiansen ac­knowl­edged that doc­u­ments upon which the al­le­ga­tions are based “were ob­tained from Cris­tiano Ron­aldo or in­di­vid­u­als act­ing on his be­half ”.

Dro­hoby­czer de­clined, via text, to pro­vide ad­di­tional com­ment.

The state­ment was is­sued in Las Ve­gas sev­eral hours af­ter the Ger­man weekly mag­a­zine that first pub­lished the rape al­le­ga­tion against Ron­aldo said in Ber­lin that it stands by its story.

“We have no rea­son to be­lieve that those doc­u­ments are not au­then­tic,”

Der Spiegel spokesman Michael Grabowski said. “We have metic­u­lously fact-checked our in­for­ma­tion and had it legally re­viewed.”

Sto­vall and Dro­hoby­czer rep­re­sent Kathryn May­orga, 34, a former model who filed a civil law­suit two weeks ago in Ne­vada seek­ing money from Ron­aldo and a court order to void a non-dis­clo­sure agree­ment the court fil­ing ac­knowl­edges she signed when she ac­cepted $375,000 in 2010.

Las Ve­gas po­lice also re­opened a crim­i­nal sex­ual as­sault in­ves­ti­ga­tion at Sto­vall’s re­quest.

Some of Ron­aldo’s cor­po­rate spon­sors have ex­pressed con­cern about the rape al­le­ga­tion.

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