Lawyers seek­ing ear­lier Ron­aldo ac­cuser

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News -

Lawyers act­ing for a former Amer­i­can model who has ac­cused soc­cer star Cris­tiano Ron­aldo of rap­ing her in Las Ve­gas in 2009 have asked an­other wo­man, who made a sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tion against the Ju­ven­tus star in Eng­land four years ear­lier, to come for­ward, The Sun re­ports.

The Bri­tish tabloid said on Fri­day that Les­lie Sto­vall, who is rep­re­sent­ing Ron­aldo’s al- leged vic­tim, Kathryn May­orga, said he wanted any other po­ten­tial ac­cusers to con­tact him.

The Sun re­ported that Ron­aldo, 33, had been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of rape at London’s San­der­son Ho­tel in 2005 af­ter a French-African wo­man laid a com­plaint.

How­ever, the foot­baller, who was 20 and play­ing for Manch­ester United at the time, was never charged be­cause Eng­land’s Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice ruled there was not enough ev­i­dence.

The Sun quoted Sto­vall as say­ing: “I’m only aware of one per­son in Eng­land who al­leged sex­ual as­sault. I would love to speak to that wo­man. I would be in­ter­ested in iden­ti­fy­ing and con­tact­ing them.”

Kathryn May­orga, 34, of Las Ve­gas, ac­cused Ron­aldo, in a 32-page com­plaint filed in Septem­ber with a dis­trict court in Ne­vada, of rap­ing her on June 13 2009. He strongly de­nied the al­le­ga­tion, de­scrib­ing rape as “abom­inable”. A spon­sor, US sportswear gi­ant Nike said it was deeply con­cerned by the al­le­ga­tions against Ron­aldo. – Staff re­porter, AFP

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