In the most recent wave of sexual assault allegations, another celebrity has been accused of sexual assaults: Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Kathryn Mayorga claims that in 2009 Ronaldo sexually assaulted and then raped her in a hotel room in Las Vegas. Immediately following the incident, Mayorga contacted the Las Vegas Police Department and filed a report. Then, roughly six months later, Mayorga and lawyers representing Ronaldo sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
However, German News Outlet, Der Spiegel, caught wind of the story in 2017. Der Spiegel published the story, referring to Mayorga as Susie K. When the allegations come back to light, the Las Vegas Police Department reopened the investigation.
Ronaldo has been quick to deny the allegations.
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” said Ronaldo on Twitter. “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. 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.”
Those who do not believe the soccer star’s claims cite legal documents obtained by UK based news outlet, The Sun, from 2010.
“Cristiano Ronaldo pulled the plaintiff into a bedroom and on to a bed and attempted to engage in sexual intercourse,” said the court documents. “When Cristiano Ronaldo completed the sexual assault, he allowed her to leave the bedroom stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman.”
Ronaldo is currently in negotiations with Nike over a billion dollar contract. Nike has said in a tweet that they are “deeply troubled” by the allegations. It is unclear at this time whether or not the deal will still go through.
By Alexandria Hyers, Spread Editor