Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

MADRID – 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, and there­fore the club could not have taken ac­tion on a mat­ter of which it had no knowl­edge,” the club said in a state­ment. Ron­aldo, 33, who left Real Madrid over the sum­mer to join Ital­ian cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus in deal worth 100 mil­lion eu­ros, 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. Mayor ga 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, wish­ing to avoid scan­dal, pressed Ron­aldo to pay com­pen­sa­tion to May­orga to hush up the af­fair.

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