Rape Cristiano Ronaldo claims: Star says & # 39; 2018 was the most difficult year on a personal level & # 39;
Cristiano Ronaldo has told Portuguese television that & # 39; 2018 was the most difficult year on a personal level & # 39; after being confronted with historical allegations of rape.
Ronaldo was the subject of a criminal probe in Nevada after the former model Kathryn Mayorga was made public in September with claims that she had been sexually abused by the football player in a hotel room in Las Vegas in 2009.
The Juventus star was told in July this year that he will not be charged after the police have not found enough evidence to prosecute, although he is still trapped in ongoing civil proceedings that his lawyers want to reject.
He has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Cristiano Ronaldo (left) told Portuguese TV on Tuesday that & # 39; 2018 was the most difficult year on a personal level & # 39; after Kathryn Mayorga (right) accused him of raping her in 2009 in a suite in Las Vegas.
& # 39; If people doubt your honor, it hurts, & # 39; he said Tuesday. & # 39; It hurts a lot because I have a large family, a wife and an intelligent child who understands many things.
& # 39; This is a case that makes me feel uncomfortable. But again, my innocence has been proven. I'm proud of it, & he added.
The American modeling teacher Mayorga claimed that the football player raped her in a hotel room in Las Vegas in 2009 after the couple met each other on a night out and she agreed to return to his hotel room.
Although the police have found insufficient evidence to prosecute Ronaldo, Mayorga is continuing a civil case attempting to destroy a confidentiality agreement that she signed with the athlete in 2010.
The police have announced that they will not prosecute Ronaldo in July (pictured with Mayorga on the evening in question), but he is still in a civil trial
She claims that his legal team has exploited her vulnerable mental state to have her sign the document.
In lawsuits filed last week, Ronaldo's legal team acknowledged for the first time that Mayorga was being paid $ 375,000 the first time she accused the police of maintaining the confidentiality of their dispute & # 39 ;.
However, they note that the payment in no way recognizes debt and that & (39) the (agreement) made it clear that Mr. Ronaldo disputed the claims of (Mayorga) and in no way admitted that she had been injured.
& # 39; On the contrary, the (agreement) stated in not uncertain terms that Mr. Ronaldo agreed to pay (Mayorga) a sum of money to maintain the confidentiality of their dispute. & # 39;
The lawyers of Ronaldo claim that the earlier agreement and the restriction statue of Nevada invalidate the Mayorga case.
They also say they don't have to provide concrete evidence that they lacked & # 39; mental capacity & # 39; when she signed the NDA.
Ronaldo said last October: & I strongly deny the allegations made against me. Rape is a horrible crime that goes against everything I am and in which I believe. & # 39;
His mother Dolores stayed with Ronaldo for the entire month and said in February that she & # 39; had faith in my son when it came to what happened & # 39 ;.
Cristiano Ronaldo with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, who supported him earlier this year because of the rape claims
Mother and son: Cristiano Ronaldo & # 39; s mother Dolores Aveiro (they were shown together in 2016) stood by her footballer son during the criminal investigation
The mother of four also sued Ronaldo's US prosecutor and said that she didn't go to his hotel room to play cards.
Ronaldo & # 39; s girlfriend, the 25-year-old Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez, also assisted him for the claims.
The civil lawsuit, in which Mayorga claimed more than $ 200,000 in damages, has been relocated to the federal court.
At that time, the police could not have a meaningful investigation & # 39; because Mayorga refused to say who was abusing her or where it took place, said US prosecutors.
As a result, detectives & # 39; were unable to search and seize vital forensic evidence, & video showing Ronaldo and Mayorga together was lost, she added.
Mayorga contacted the police in August last year to reopen the case, after which she named Ronaldo as the alleged attacker.
Ronaldo, pictured left with his mother when he played for Manchester United in 2009 and played for Juventus on the right, always denied the claims
Her lawyers said she was inspired to speak out and make her claim public through the # MeToo movement against sexual harassment.
In January, a Spanish court handed Ronaldo a suspended two-year jail sentence for committing tax fraud while in Real Madrid.
This was immediately reduced to a fine of 365,000 euros ($ 410,000), in addition to another fine of 3.2 million euros ($ 3.6 million).
Ronaldo left Real Madrid last summer after nine seasons at the club and joined the Italian champion Juventus.
While in Spain he became Real Madrid & # 39; s highest goal scorer ever, settled 451 times after joining Manchester United for a then-world record £ 80 million in 2009.
He helped Real win three consecutive Champions League titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Ronaldo is also the most capped player in Portugal, with 158 games, and record goalscorer, with 88.
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