Ron­aldo: Sex with model ‘con­sen­sual’

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Foot­ball su­per­star Cris­tiano Ron­aldo in­sisted again on Wed­nes­day that he did not rape a woman he met in a Las Ve­gas ho­tel in 2009 and that their sex­ual en­counter was “com­pletely con­sen­sual”, said his lawyer.

“Ron­aldo is forced to break his si­lence,” said the Ju­ven­tus and Por­tuguese star’s lawyer Peter Chris­tiansen in a state­ment re­leased through Ges­ti­fute, the com­pany which man­ages the player’s af­fairs.

“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.”

Po­lice in Las Ve­gas an­nounced last week that they were re­open­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions made by a former model, Kathryn May­orga, re­lat­ing to an in­ci­dent in 2009.

DE­NIAL

Ron­aldo has ve­he­mently de­nied the rape ac­cu­sa­tions.

“I firmly deny the ac­cu­sa­tions be­ing is­sued against me,” the 33-year-old said in a state­ment.

“Rape is an abom­inable crime that goes against ev­ery­thing that I am and be­lieve in.”

May­orga claims she was pres­sured into sign­ing a nondis­clo­sure agree­ment in 2010 to keep the al­leged rape se­cret and is seek­ing at least $200,000 in penal­ties and dam­ages.

“Cris­tiano Ron­aldo does not deny that he agreed to con­clude an agree­ment,” added Mr Chris­tiansen.

“This agree­ment is by no means a con­fes­sion of guilt. What hap­pened was sim­ply that Cris­tiano Ron­aldo merely fol­lowed the ad­vice of his ad­vis­ers in or­der to put an end to the in­sult­ing ac­cu­sa­tions made against him in or­der to avoid at­tempts, such as those now wit­nessed, to de­stroy a rep­u­ta­tion built thanks to in­tense work, great ath­leti­cism and eth­i­cally im­pec­ca­ble be­hav­iour.” – AFP

PHOTO: AFP

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo.

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