Amid allegations that he raped a woman at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he was a “happy man” and that the truth about the accusations will come out.
Kathryn Mayorga, a resident of Nevada in the US, has claimed that Ronaldo raped her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and then dispatched a team of “fixers” to obstruct the criminal investigation and trick her into keeping quiet for USD 375,000.
Responding to allegations at a news conference in Manchester, England, Ronaldo said, “I know I am an example. I know, 100%. On the pitch and outside the pitch. So I am always smiling, I am a happy man, I’m blessed that I play in a fantastic club. I have a fantastic family, I have four kids, I am healthy. I have everything. So the rest, it doesn’t interfere on me. I’m very, very well.”
This is the first Ronaldo has spoken publicly since Kathryn Mayorga went public with her accusations.
Mayorga has alleged in a lawsuit filed in Clark County, Nevada that the Juventus star raped her while she repeatedly screamed no.
Asked again about the case, the 33-year-old Portuguese football icon said: “You didn’t listen to what I say. I am a happy man.
“We did the statement two weeks ago, if I’m not wrong. I’m not going to lie in this situation, I’m very happy. My lawyers, they are confident and of course I am, too. The most important is I enjoy football, I enjoy my life. The rest, I have people who take care of my life. Of course, the truth is always coming in the first position. So, I’m good,” said the five-time world player of the year, who moved to Juventus from Real Madrid this summer.
What does the lawsuit against Ronaldo say?
Mayorga has accused Ronaldo and his team of taking advantage of her fragile emotional state to coerce her into signing a settlement and nondisclosure agreement for US $375,000 in 2009. The Las Vegas police have confirmed they had investigated a complaint in June 2009 and they have reopened the case.
In her lawsuit, Mayorga, who was then 24, claims that she went with a friend to the Rain nightclub at the Palms Hotel and Casino on the night of June 12, 2009, and met Ronaldo there. The lawsuit claims that he invited a group of people up to his suite “to enjoy the view of the Las Vegas strip” and then into the hot tub. He then barged in on her as she was changing, exposed himself and asked her for oral sex, according to the suit.
When she refused, he raped her, the lawsuit claims.
According to the lawsuit, she reported the attack to police the same day and asked for a “sexual assault test,” which was performed at the University Medical Center. She had, however, refused to tell police where the assault took place or assist with identifying a suspect other than to say he was a European soccer player.
The lawsuit also accuses Ronaldo or those working for him of battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, coercion and fraud, abuse of a vulnerable person, racketeering and civil conspiracy, defamation, abuse of process, breach of contract, and negligence for allowing details of the confidential settlement to leak out.
It asks for general damages, special damages, punitive damages and special relief, each in excess of USD 50,000, along with interest, attorney fees and court costs.
The lawyers for Kathryn Mayorga have claimed that three more women have made contact and they are probing these claims surrounding the footballer.
On October 3, Ronaldo had denied rape allegations levelled against him, saying his conscience was clear and that he would calmly await the results of any investigation.
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in,” he wrote in a tweet. “Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.”
“My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations,” he wrote in another tweet.