Lawyers for Cristiano Ronaldo said on Friday they would sue German magazine Der Spiegel after it published accusations by US citizen Kathryn Mayorga that the Portuguese footballer raped her in 2009, reports DW.
The five-time World Player of the Year denies the allegations, insisting the sex was consensual. Mayorga’s lawyer is now questioning the validity of an out-of-court settlement agreed in Nevada, in which Ronaldo reportedly paid $375,000 (€323,000) for her silence.
Der Spiegel writes that the lawyer’s case is based on a document containing Ronaldo’s account of what happened on June 12, 2009. In it, the 33-year-old is quoted as saying “she said ‘no’ and ‘stop’ several times.”
According to news agency Reuters, Ronaldo’s lawyer Christian Schertz said in a statement the report was “an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy,” and that he would seek legal redress for his client from the magazine.
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