Cristiano Ronaldo: Portgual star left off squad amid rape claims

04 October, 2018, 19:39 | Author: Kenneth Collins

Police in Las Vegas have not identified Ronaldo as a subject of their reopened investigation, saying only that they are responding to a request for further investigation by Mayorga and her attorney after they filed the lawsuit.

According to Record, Ronaldo recently spoke to Santos and to Portuguese federation president Fernando Gomes, with the three deciding it is best for the Juventus forward not to be included in the squad through November - though it is unclear if his omission is related to the allegations.

Portugal visit Poland for a Nations League match on October 11 and then travel to Scotland for a friendly three days later.

In the suit, Mayorga said she met Ronaldo, who was then 24 years old, on the evening of June 12, 2009 at the Rain Nightclub in the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. "Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in", he wrote.

"My clear conscious [sic] will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations".

Santos used the 33-year-old team captain's absence last month to try out younger players in the senior side. "For the next two squad selections, this one and the one next month, Ronaldo won't be with us".

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Mayorga first told the German publication Der Spiegel about the night in 2009 she says Ronaldo raped her.

Mayorga filed the suit September 27 and detailed the assault as well as claims Ronaldo's "team" threatened her with public ridicule and influenced the police investigation.

"She has suffered an emotional, a psychological injury", Stovall said.

A woman who has accused football star Cristiano Ronaldo of raping her gained courage from the #MeToo movement to file a complaint, her lawyer has said.

Under pressure from Ronaldo's "fixers", Mayorga settled the case "in exchange for a payment of $375,000 and non-disclosure of the sexual assault", the lawsuit said.

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