By Chineze Ogugua
Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen has revealed that the documents concerning rape allegations made against the Juventus star have been completely fabricated.
American ex-model Karthryn Mayorga had revealed that she was attacked by the Portuguese footballer in a hotel room in the US city that year.
In a statement released by Peter Christiansen, he reiterated that the Juventus forward was innocent and that the allegations were just used to tarnish his reputation.
German paper, Der Spiegel had reported that Mayorga had filed a report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident and that in 2010, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,000 (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations.
However, Christiansen said the “media outlet irresponsibly” based its reports on “stolen and easily manipulated digital documents” of which “significant parts were altered and/or completely fabricated”.
“What happened was simply that Cristiano Ronaldo merely followed the advice of his advisors in order to put an end to the outrageous accusations made against him, in order precisely to avoid attempts, such as those we are now witnessing, to destroy a reputation built thanks to hard work, athletic ability and behavioural correction.”
“Unfortunately, it is now involved in the type of litigation that is very common in the United States.”
“Although Cristiano Ronaldo is accustomed to media attention, inherent in the fact that he is a famous person, it is absolutely deplorable that the media continue to propagate and stimulate an intentional defamation campaign based on stolen and easily manipulated digital documents.”
“Cristiano Ronaldo has mandated his lawyers in the United States and Europe to deal with all legal aspects and expresses full confidence that the truth will prevail, despite the corruption of counter-information, and in which the laws of Nevada will be enforced and respected.”
He added: “So that there are no doubts: Cristiano Ronaldo vehemently denies all the accusations in this civil action, in consistency with what he has done in the last nine years.”
“The documents that allegedly contain statements by Mr Ronaldo and were reproduced in the media are pure inventions. By 2015, dozens of entities (including law firms) in different parts of Europe were attacked and their electronic data stolen by a cyber-criminal.”
“This hacker tried to sell such information, and a media outlet irresponsibly ended up publishing some of the stolen documents, significant parts of which were altered and/or completely fabricated.”
“Once again, for the avoidance of doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo’s position has always been, and continues to be, that what happened in 2009 in Las Vegas was completely consensual.”
Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Police Department has revealed that it has not filed any case against the Portuguese star yet.
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