Real Madrid sues pa­per

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Real Madrid said it had filed a law­suit against a Por­tuguese news­pa­per that wrote the Span­ish gi­ants pushed Cris­tiano Ron­aldo to hush up an al­leged rape case.

Real said it had taken le­gal ac­tion against Cor­reio da Manha af­ter the pa­per re­ported Wed­nes­day that “Real Madrid pres­sured him to sign” a non-dis­clo­sure ac­cord and pay com­pen­sa­tion to his ac­cuser, Kathryn May­orga.

“Real Madrid has ab­so­lutely no knowl­edge of any of the in­for­ma­tion that the news­pa­per pub­lished with re­gard to the player Cris­tiano Ron­aldo,” the club said in a state­ment.

Ron­aldo, 33, who left Real Madrid over the sum­mer to join Ital­ian cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus, has been in tur­moil since a case in­volv­ing rape al­le­ga­tions against him, dat­ing back to 2009, was re­opened by Las Ve­gas po­lice last week.

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.

May­orga al­leged that she had been raped on June 13, 2009, just days af­ter Ron­aldo had signed a con­tract with Real Madrid in a mega trans­fer deal from Manch­ester United.

The Por­tuguese news­pa­per re­ported that Real Madrid, wish­ing to avoid scan­dal, pressed Ron­aldo to pay com­pen­sa­tion to May­orga to hush up the af­fair.

Ron­aldo’s lawyer in­sisted Wed­nes­day the player did not rape the woman in a Las Ve­gas ho­tel. “Once again, for the avoid­ance of doubt, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s po­si­tion has al­ways been, and con­tin­ues to be, that what hap­pened in 2009 in Las Ve­gas was com­pletely con­sen­sual,” lawyer Peter Chris­tiansen said.

Ron­aldo freely ad­mits sign­ing the non-dis­clo­sure ac­cord but his lawyer in­sisted he sim­ply wished to put an end to the al­le­ga­tions.–

Pic­ture: MANUEL QUEIMADELOS ALONSO/GETTY IMAGES

DARK DAYS: Real Madrid is fil­ing a law­suit against a Por­tuguese news­pa­per in Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s al­leged rape case.

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