Saturday, 15 April 2017

German paper alleges that Cristiano Ronaldo paid $375k to settle rape claim | The footballer reacts


German news magazine, Der Spiegel have claimed in a new report that Ronaldo's lawyer agreed to a settlement in 2010 after an alleged rape incident in Las Vegas, soon after Ronaldo agreed to move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.

According to the newspaper report which emerged on Friday, Cristiano Ronaldo paid $375,000 compensation to a woman who claims he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.

The magazine also claimed that settling document was detailed in six-page and was read aloud to the claimant by Ronaldo’s longtime attorney Carlos Osório de Castro at a mediation session in Nevada on January 12th, 2010.

It was also stated that the Portugal captain was addressed as 'Mr D' and the unnamed woman, who agreed to drop all charges, as 'Ms C'.

The Irish Times reports that De Castro signed the document on behalf of his client but declined to comment on the claims when contacted by Der Spiegel, he said he 'never commented on clients’ affairs” and said no inference should be made by his silence.

However, Ronaldo has rubbished the magazine's claims.

The root of the allegations reportedly came from a letter written by the woman - who was in her 20s at the time - but Ronaldo denies ever seeing it.

In a strongly worded statement from his agent, Ronaldo vowed to use all legal means at his disposal to make the magazine pay.

The statement reads:
'The German newspaper Der Spiegel today publishes an extensive report on an allegation of rape alleged to have been made to Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, ie about 8 years ago.
'It is a piece of journalistic fiction. The alleged victim refuses to be identified and corroborates the story.
'And the whole plot is based on unsigned documents and where the parties are identified by codes, in emails between lawyers who do not concern Cristiano Ronaldo and whose authenticity he does not know, and in a supposed letter that would have been sent by the putative victim, but which he never received.
'The report by Der Spiegel is false and Cristiano Ronaldo will act against this media by all means at his fingertips. The imputation of a violation is a disgusting and outrageous accusation that can not be made clear.'

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