Cris­tiano Ron­aldo

Ju­ven­tus star de­nies rape al­le­ga­tion

World Soccer - - Headliners - Paddy Agnew

W ith eight Serie A wins in a row be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break and vic­tory in their open­ing three games of the Cham­pi­ons League group stage, things have been go­ing ex­tremely well on the pitch for Ju­ven­tus and their iconic sum­mer sign­ing from Real Madrid.

Away from the game, how­ever, the Por­tuguese for­ward has been ac­cused by a 34-year-old US cit­i­zen, Kathryn May­orga, of rap­ing her in a Las Ve­gas ho­tel in June 2009, with lawyers fil­ing a law­suit seek­ing un­spec­i­fied dam­ages of at least $200,000.

The law­suit ac­cuses Ron­aldo or those work­ing for him of con­spir­acy, defama­tion, abus­ing a vul­ner­a­ble per­son, bat­tery, in­flic­tion of emo­tional dis­tress, co­er­cion and fraud, rack­e­teer­ing and con­spir­acy, breach of con­tract, abuse of process and neg­li­gence for al­low­ing de­tails of a pre­vi­ous con­fi­den­tial set­tle­ment be­tween the player and Ms May­orga to be­come pub­lic.

The Juve star main­tains the sex was con­sen­sual and de­nies all al­le­ga­tions, call­ing rape “an abom­inable crime that goes against ev­ery­thing I am and be­lieve in”, adding: “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.”

Ms May­orga made her al­le­ga­tions in an in­ter­view with Ger­man mag­a­zine Der

Spiegel, claim­ing Ron­aldo had in­vited her to his ho­tel and then forced her to have sex with him. She ar­rived at a pri­vate set­tle­ment in 2009, al­legedly re­ceiv­ing $375,000 in ex­change for a non-

dis­clo­sure agree­ment which she claims has since been bro­ken.

In a doc­u­ment filed to the District Court in Clark County, Ne­vada on Septem­ber 27 by law firm Sto­vall & As­so­ciates on be­half of Ms May­orga, her lawyers ar­gue that the 2009 set­tle­ment is “void or void­able on the ba­sis of in­com­pe­tency, un­due in­flu­ence, co­er­cion and/or fraud”. In other words, her lawyers claim that due to the trauma of the ini­tial sex­ual as­sault and due to a “sub­se­quent threat to pub­licly and falsely ac­cuse her of ex­tor­tion and false ac­cu­sa­tions”, Ms May­orga “was in­com­pe­tent and lacked the men­tal ca­pac­ity to par­tic­i­pate in ne­go­ti­a­tions”.

She says she has come for­ward now, nine years later, for three rea­sons: a be­lief that she can find jus­tice with a new law­suit, be­cause she has been em­bold­ened by the #MeToo move­ment, and in the hope that the case could cause other ac­cusers to come for­ward.

The Ger­man mag­a­zine says it has “no rea­son” to doubt the au­then­tic­ity of key doc­u­ments used in its story, which cen­tres on a ques­tion­naire that it says came from Ron­aldo’s lawyers.

A state­ment from Ron­aldo’s lawyer, Peter Chris­tiansen, says the doc­u­ments were “pure in­ven­tions” and the re­sult of a 2015 cy­ber at­tack, dur­ing which “elec­tronic data was stolen” from “dozens of en­ti­ties (in­clud­ing law firms) in dif­fer­ent parts of Europe”, adding: “This hacker tried to sell such in­for­ma­tion, and a me­dia out­let ir­re­spon­si­bly ended up pub­lish­ing some of the stolen doc­u­ments, sig­nif­i­cant parts of which were al­tered and/or com­pletely fab­ri­cated.”

“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”

State­ment...Juve’s Por­tuguese star

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