Ronaldo denies claim of unlawful intercourse with an American woman

Ronaldo denies claim of unlawful intercourse with an American woman

That's how this weekend's Der Spiegel article starts, and it's about Kathryn Mayorga, a 34-year-old American who filed a lawsuit Friday against Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, accusing him of raping her almost a decade ago, per USA Today.

The report further stated, according to Leslie Mark Stovall, the lawyer for the complainant, that Ronaldo paid her $375 000 (R5.28m) for a non-disclosure agreement.

Kathryn Mayorga claims Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas penthouse suite in 2009 despite the fact she repeatedly cried "no".

The woman alleges she was sodomised by Ronaldo resulting in severe injuries, including but not exclusive to, anal bruises, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

After meeting in a nightclub, Ronaldo and Mayorga reportedly went back to the player's room, where he allegedly anally raped her, according to papers filed at Clark County District Court in Nevada.

Cristiano Ronaldo has branded rape claims against him as "fake news", saying that people "want to promote themselves" by using his name. Her former lawyer had proposed clearing up the matter out-of-court. "The goal of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries". "The documents claim Ronaldo left the bedroom after the assault, 'stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman". According to court papers, the footballer confirmed that they did have sexual intercourse, but said that it was a consensual act.

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Ronaldo addressed the allegations via his Instagram.

One of the lawyers said the Der Siegel article was "an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy", Reuters reported.

"I'm a happy man and all good".

Ronaldo's lawyers say they will sue the German magazine, which originally reported the allegations.

She says she only signed the original document because she was "scared" and "didn't want her name" in the public spotlight.

Schertz told BBC News that Der Spiegel's reporting was "blatantly illegal" and "probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years".