Los Angeles - Police
said on Monday they had reopened an investigation into a rape accusation
made by a former model who says soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo attacked
her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009.
Ronaldo, who now plays for Juventus in Italy's Serie A, rejected the charges as "fake news" during a live chat on Instagram.
"What they said today, fake - fake news," the 33-year-old star of
the Portuguese national team said in a post that was later deleted.
Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, accused Ronaldo, in a 32-page
complaint filed last month with a district court in Nevada, of raping
her on June 13, 2009.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed in a statement
that didn't name the superstar it had responded to a call of a sexual
assault on that date.
"At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide
detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description. A
medical exam was conducted," it said.
"As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives
are following up on information being provided by the victim."
Mayorga alleges in the lawsuit that she was pressured into signing a
nondisclosure agreement to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking
no less than $200 000 in penalties and damages.
The complaint was first reported by the German magazine Der Spiegel.
Lawyers for Ronaldo have reportedly threatened to sue the magazine over
In the suit, Mayorga said she met Ronaldo, who was then 24 years old,
on the evening of June 12, 2009 at the Rain Nightclub in the Palms
Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
It said she accepted an invitation to join Ronaldo and others in his penthouse suite to "enjoy the view of the Las Vegas strip."
She was invited to join guests in a hot tub but she declined because she did not have a bathing suit, the complaint said.
Ronaldo offered her clothing and then followed her into a bathroom where she was going to change clothes, it said.
After she refused his demand
to perform oral sex and said she wanted to leave, Ronaldo pulled her
into a bedroom and anally raped her while she screamed "no, no, no," the
"When Cristiano Ronaldo completed the sexual assault of the
plaintiff, he allowed her to leave the bedroom stating he was sorry, he
was usually a gentleman," it said.
The lawsuit said Mayorga reported the alleged assault to the Las
Vegas police the same day and underwent an examination at a local
It said the assault had left her with "severe emotional and bodily
injuries including but not limited to anal contusions, posttraumatic
stress disorder and major depression."
She developed an alcohol problem and was suicidal, according to court documents.
Under pressure from Ronaldo's "fixers," Mayorga settled the case "in
exchange for a payment of $375 000 and non-disclosure of the sexual
assault," the lawsuit said.
It claimed the agreement should be voided because she was
"incompetent and lacked the mental capacity to participate in
negotiations and settlement of her claims due to the injuries suffered
during the initial sexual assault."
The suit also called for the agreement to be dismissed because it
amounted to concealment of a crime for which there is no statute of
The unidentified "fixers" were named as co-defendants in the lawsuit,
which also accuses the Juventus forward of violating the 2010
In an interview with Der Spiegel, Mayorga, who has a degree in
journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said she was
inspired to come forward in part by the #MeToo movement that has exposed
the sexual abuse of women by powerful men.
Ronaldo is a five-time winner of FIFA's men's player of the year award.
The Portuguese striker, who is a married father of four, left Real
Madrid this year to join Juventus for €100 million.
Ronaldo won two La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns with
Real after joining from Manchester United in 2009 for a then
world-record fee of £80 million.