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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo denies accusations he raped a woman in 2009

Ronaldo: World player of the year. Photo: Getty
Ronaldo: World player of the year. Photo: Getty
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a statement denying accusations that he raped a young woman in 2009 and paid her $375,000 hush money.

German newspaper Der Spiegel has published a long article regarding an alleged accusation of rape, with the incident reported to have happened shortly after Ronaldo left Manchester United to join Real Madrid.

Ronaldo has now responded to the accusations with a statement released through his management company Gestifute:

“Today, the German newspaper Der Spiegel published a long article regarding an alleged accusation of rape that would have been directed at Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, i.e. about eight years ago,” read the statement.

“The article is nothing but a piece of journalistic fiction.

“The alleged victim refuses to come forward and confirm the veracity of the accusation.

“The newspaper has based their entire narrative on documents which are unsigned and where the parties are not identified, on emails between lawyers whose content does not concern Cristiano Ronaldo and whose authenticity he cannot verify, and on an alleged letter that is said to have been sent to him by the so-called victim, but was never received by Cristiano.

“The accusations reported by the De Spiegel are false, and Cristiano Ronaldo will do everything in his power to react against these. An accusation of an act of rape is disgusting and outraging, and he will not allow it to hang over his reputation.”

According to Der Spiegel, the alleged rape happened in the United States, with a settlement reported to have been agreed by both parties in January 2010.

Der Spiegel reported that they had contacted Ronaldo’s representatives and printed this reply from his lawyer Johannes Kreile:

“Considering the questions made, these accusations must be catagorically refuted because they are incorrect”.

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