Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo accused of raping American woman in 2009

Kathryn Mayorga, 34, alleged that Portuguese football megastar Cristiano Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room, according to German media outlet Der Spiegel

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After Kathryn Mayorga, 34, alleged that Portuguese football megastar Cristiano Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room over nine years ago, the five-time World Player of the Year denies the allegations, insisting the sex was consensual. Mayorga's lawyer is now questioning the validity of an out-of-court settlement agreed in Nevada, in which Ronaldo reportedly paid $375,000 (nearly ₹3 crore) for her silence.

German media outlet Der Spiegel, which reported the news, claims the lawyer's case is based on a document containing Ronaldo's account of what happened on June 12, 2009. In it, the 33-year old is quoted as saying "she said 'no' and 'stop' several times."

Mayorga also described events following the incident, describing how Ronaldo fell to his knees and told her he was “99 per cent” a “good guy” let down by the “one per cent”

Mayorga has now spoken publicly for the first time about her encounter with the Juventus forward, who was under contract at Real Madrid when the incident is supposed to have taken place, claiming to have been raped anally after spending an evening partying with Ronaldo while he was on holiday with his cousin and brother-in-law in Las Vegas.

Mayorga also described events following the incident, describing how Ronaldo fell to his knees and told her he was "99 per cent" a "good guy" let down by the "one per cent".

One of the most high-profile sports stars on the planet, the news is likely to achieve global media attention, with Ronaldo and his legal team yet to respond publicly to the accusations.

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