Cris­tiano Ron­aldo ac­cused of rape

The Ju­ven­tus star is the lat­est high-pro­file per­son­al­ity feel­ing the heat of the #MeToo move­ment


HE’S su­per tal­ented, fab­u­lously rich, the dad of four beau­ti­ful kids and widely re­garded as one of the hottest sports­men around. But there’s a dark cloud hang­ing over Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s charmed life – one that could bring the golden boy of world foot­ball to his knees.

The 33-year-old Por­tuguese su­per­star is the lat­est high-pro­file man to feel the sting of the #MeToo move­ment which has ex­posed many pow­er­ful men as sex­ual abusers. In a bomb­shell claim, Kathryn May­orga, a for­mer dancer and model, ac­cused Ron­aldo of rap­ing her in a Las Ve­gas ho­tel in 2009 af­ter they met in a night­club.

The cases of two women who laid charges of as­sault against Ron­aldo in 2005 may be delved into again now – and yet an­other woman has re­port­edly come for­ward to claim sim­i­lar abuse at the hands of the soc­cer player.

Kathryn’s claims make for har­row­ing read­ing. The 34-year-old al­leges Ron­aldo forced him­self on her, de­spite the fact that she was scream­ing and beg­ging him to stop. When he was fin­ished, she says he ex­plained away his ac­tions by say­ing he was “99% a good guy” who was let down “by the 1%”.

While she re­ported the case af­ter­wards it never went to court be­cause Ron­aldo’s le­gal team re­port­edly paid hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars for her si­lence. But em­bold­ened by #MeToo, Kathryn now wants jus­tice, her lawyer Les­lie Sto­vall said.

Ve­gas po­lice have re­opened the case and Sto­vall has filed court pa­pers. He says af­ter the al­leged in­ci­dent Kathryn, who’s gone into hid­ing, ended up abus­ing al­co­hol and con­sid­er­ing sui­cide. She also de­vel­oped post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der (PTSD) and had to leave her teach­ing job be­cause of her “emo­tional state”.

Ron­aldo slammed the al­le­ga­tions as false, say­ing the sex was con­sen­sual.

“No, no, no, no, no,” he said in a video on In­sta­gram just hours af­ter the law­suit was filed, grin­ning into the cam­era.

“What they said to­day? Fake, fake news. They want to pro­mote [them­selves by us­ing] my name. It’s nor­mal. They want to be fa­mous to say my name, but it’s part of the job.”

A few days later he posted a more se­ri­ous de­nial on Twit­ter. “I firmly deny the ac­cu­sa­tions be­ing is­sued against me.

“Rape is an abom­inable crime that goes against ev­ery­thing that I am and be­lieve in. Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the me­dia spec­ta­cle cre­ated by peo­ple seek­ing to pro­mote them­selves at my ex­pense.”

In his first ap­pear­ance since the scan­dal broke the Ju­ven­tus for­ward was seen watch­ing a Cham­pi­ons League match in which his team played in Turin, Italy. This fol­lowed a one-match ban af­ter be­ing red-carded in a game against Va­len­cia in Septem­ber.

In what ap­peared to be a show of sol­i­dar­ity he was joined by girl­friend of two years Ge­orgina Ro­driguez (23), el­dest son Ron­aldo Jnr (8), and mother Maria Dolores dos San­tos Aveiro.

Ge­orgina, who wel­comed a baby girl,

Alana, with the star last Novem­ber, has ex­pressed her sup­port for him. In a gush­ing In­sta­gram post the Span­ish beauty wrote that Ron­aldo, who grew up in poverty, was al­ways able “to trans­form the ob­sta­cles” that were put in his path.

“I love you,” she wrote.

KATHRYN spoke out about the al­leged rape in a tell-all in­ter­view with Ger­man mag­a­zine Der Spiegel. She says she met Ron­aldo, then 24, in the VIP sec­tion of Rain night­club when she was work­ing as a model and dancer.

Pa­parazzi pic­tures and a video have since emerged show­ing the two flirt­ing, hug­ging and danc­ing sug­ges­tively.

She says he then in­vited her to his pent­house to “en­joy the view of the Las Ve­gas strip”. The suite had a jacuzzi and Ron­aldo in­vited her in. She claims Ron­aldo walked in while she was chang­ing in a bath­room, ex­posed him­self and asked her for oral sex.

“This guy that’s so fa­mous and so hot . . . he’s a frickin’ loser and a creep,” she told the mag­a­zine.

She said she re­fused to en­gage in the sex act, but kissed him af­ter he promised he’d let her go. “He starts to come on to me very strong. He starts to do stuff to me and touch me and grab me. I pushed him away and kept say­ing, ‘No’.”

He then pulled her into a be­d­room and tried to have sex with her, she claims, but she cov­ered her­self so he couldn’t pen­e­trate her. She al­leges he then turned her over and sodomised her while she screamed “no” re­peat­edly.

“Af­ter he as­saulted me he wouldn’t let me leave. And he was call­ing me, ‘Baby, baby.’ He gave me this look, this guilty look. Al­most like he felt bad. I don’t re­mem­ber but I’m pretty sure he said, ‘Sorry’, or ‘Are you hurt?’”

She claims she asked him if he had Aids, which he de­nied, say­ing as a top ath­lete he’s tested ev­ery few months.

Kathryn re­ported the in­ci­dent to the Las Ve­gas po­lice that same day but didn’t im­me­di­ately re­veal her as­sailant’s iden­tity. She also un­der­went a phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion at a lo­cal hospi­tal, which showed in­juries “in­clud­ing but not limited to anal con­tu­sions”, ac­cord­ing to her law- suit. She says a de­tec­tive and hospi­tal staff warned her she’d be pub­licly hu­mil­i­ated by Ron­aldo and his team if she ac­cused him of sex­ual as­sault and that they’d paint her as a “woman who con­sented to sex­ual in­ter­course be­cause of his wealth and fame and was now try­ing to ex­tort money from him”.

She says she was pres­sured by Ron­aldo’s “fix­ers” to set­tle the case out of court in ex­change for $375 000 (R5,6 mil­lion) and signed a nondis­clo­sure agree­ment.

Kathryn claims she’s suf­fered “se­ri­ous break­downs” ever since. “I blame him and I blame my­self for sign­ing that thing.”

Her lawyer now claims an­other woman con­tacted him al­leg­ing she’d also been as­saulted by Ron­aldo and he’d hand her de­tails to the Las Ve­gas po­lice too.

AND then there’s the 2005 mat­ter. Two women claim Ron­aldo and his cousin Nonu Aveiro as­saulted them in a five-star ho­tel suite in the UK af­ter a Manch­ester United-Ful­ham game. Ron­aldo, then 20 and play­ing for United, told pals at the time he and his cousin had been “stitched up”.

One of the women, who lived in Paris, with­drew her case but the sec­ond, based in Lon­don, stuck it out un­til po­lice de­clared there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to con­tinue.

But Bri­tish cops are now be­ing urged by ac­tivists and MPs to re­open the case in light of Kathryn’s al­le­ga­tions.

All this could threaten the de­signer life Ron­aldo, who’s worth $ 450 mil­lion (R6,7 bil­lion), built for him­self. He lives in man­sions, drives fast cars and three of his chil­dren – Cris­tiano Jnr and twins Ma­teo and Eva (16 months) – were born via paid-for sur­ro­gates.

Spon­sor­ship and ad­ver­tis­ing deals are al­ready be­ing af­fected. At the time of go­ing to print, his $1 bil­lion (R15 bil­lion) life con­tract with Nike was look­ing shaky. The sports­wear gi­ant, who’s col­lab­o­rated with the foot­baller for 15 years, has said it’s deeply con­cerned by the al­le­ga­tions.

But Ron­aldo doesn’t seem con­cerned. “My clear con­scious [sic] will thereby al­low me to await with tran­quil­lity the re­sults of any and all in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” he tweeted.

‘I blame him, and my­self for sign­ing that thing’

Kathryn May­orga (LEFT) says Ju­ven­tus star Cris­tiano Ron­aldo (ABOVE) raped her af­ter they met at a Las Ve­gas club in 2009 (FAR LEFT).

Cris­tiano’s girl­friend, Ge­orgina Ro­driguez, is stand­ing by her man. The soc­cer star has a daugh­ter with her and three other kids who were born via sur­ro­gates.

ABOVE: On Twit­ter, Cris­tiano strongly de­nied the rape claims made by Kathryn May­orga, call­ing rape an “abom­inable crime”. LEFT: Cris­tiano and Kathryn, a for­mer model and dancer, met at the Rain night­club which was lo­cated in the Palms casino re­sort in Las Ve­gas.

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