Neymar is DELETED of rape: case against star is rejected by judges for lack of evidence
Brazilian football player Neymar was acquitted today of rape by a judge in Sao Paolo who rejected the allegations of a woman who said the attack took place in a hotel in Paris.
The decision – the last episode in the rape case that has been on the superstar since June – comes on the recommendation of prosecutors just over a month after the police dropped the case, citing a lack of evidence.
Neymar strongly denied the allegations that he had raped the Brazilian Najila Trindade, who cited a video as evidence of her confrontation with the star after the attack.
After the news, Neymar said: "I will be sincere and I am not going to say that I am happy, but yes, relieved," Neymar said in an Instagram post.
Brazilian football player Neymar said he was Friday & relieved & # 39; after a judge in Sao Paulo had rejected the rape case against the Paris Saint Germain by providing insufficient evidence.
Neymar strongly denied allegations that he raped the Brazilian Najila Trindade (photo) in a hotel in Paris in May
Najila Trindade is borne by Danilo Garcia de Andrade, her third lawyer who dropped the case after she accused him of stealing her iPad
Judge Ana Paula Vieira de Moraes accepted the prosecutor's recommendations and demanded that the case be rejected, & a court spokesperson told AFP.
Neymar said he would never forget this incident & # 39; because of the & # 39; PAIN that it caused me, my family and the people who really know me & # 39 ;.
He added: & # 39; This scar will continue to remind me at what time people are able to do good things, but also to do BAD things. & # 39;
Prosecutor Flavia Merlini had argued that plaintiff Najila Trindade, a Brazilian model, had not provided conclusive evidence of rape against the PSG player.
& # 39; What happened between four walls is impossible to know, we have her word to his & # 39 ;, Merlini told reporters. & # 39; We have decided to close the case. & # 39;
Merlini said, however, that resignation was not equivalent to acquittal for Neymar, 27, & # 39; the world's most expensive soccer player.
The case can be reopened at any time if new evidence emerges, she said.
Trinidade filed a rape complaint with the Sao Paulo police on her return from a trip to Paris in May, in which she said she had been raped by Neymar after a pre-arranged meeting. The player insisted that relationships were consensual.
An explosive video showed Mrs. Trindade confronting Neymar in a hotel room about an attack she claimed had taken place the day before. She can be heard on the tape and tells him: & I'm going to hit you … Because you attacked me yesterday. You left me here & # 39;
The ugly affair has been dominating the headlines and talks in football-crazy Brazil for weeks and even threatened to derail the country's preparations for Copa America.
The scandal exploded on June 2 when Neymar published a seven-minute video on Instagram, where he had been in contact with Trindade for the first time, showing that he had been accused of rape.
In an attempt to defend itself against the allegations, Neymar's video was accompanied by WhatsApp messages and images of his meeting with Trindade – without her permission, possibly breaking Brazilian law.
The drama snowed quickly. Excerpts from a television interview with Trindade, in which she accused Neymar of & # 39; aggression along with rape & # 39 ;, were broadcast only an hour before he was about to play for Brazil in a pre-Copa-friendly against Qatar .
Some critics had suggested that the accusations would compromise his attempt to help Brazil win the Copa on its own soil.
Neymar (left) strongly denied allegations that he raped the Brazilian Najila Trindade (right) in a hotel in Paris in May
But he injured his ankle against Qatar and was excluded from the tournament that Brazil was going to win.
In the following weeks Neymar was questioned by the police about the WhatsApp messages.
He also appeared before the police in Sao Paulo, where Trindade had filed her complaint at the end of May.
While the case continued, the police filed charges of defamation against Trindade – who had been dropped by several lawyers – after insinuating that the force was corrupt.
Despite the seriousness of the allegations, polls have shown that most Brazilians believe that Neymar is innocent.
But he is now embroiled in another off-field drama, amidst credible rumors that he is trying to force a move away from PSG and back to his previous club, Barcelona.
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