American ex-model Kathryn Mayorga has sued Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo of allegedly raping her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.
On Friday, Kathryn filed a lawsuit in Clark County, Nevada, claiming that Ronaldo raped her while she screamed and told him not to. She insisted she clearly said ‘no’ and ‘stop’ repeatedly while he raped her.
Mayorga’s lawsuit details that she met Ronaldo at the Palms Hotel and Casino in June 2008. She says the footballer invited her and her friends to his penthouse and asked them to join him in his jacuzzi. As she was changing her clothes in the bathroom, he approached her and exposed himself, asking her to perform oral sex on him.
She further claims that when she refused, he pulled her into the bedroom and raped her while she screamed and tried to get away.
She further added that she went to the police on the same day, but did not name Ronaldo has her rapist as she feared public humiliation. However, a few weeks later, she named him in a police interview.
Her lawsuit claims:
“The psychological trauma of the sexual assault, the fear of public humiliation and retaliation and the reiteration of those fears by law enforcement and medical providers left plaintiff terrified and unable to act or advocate for herself.”
She added that the footballer apologized to her for what he had done right after the alleged sexual assault, claiming that he was ‘usually a gentleman’.
The 33-year-old footballer, who currently plays for Juventus, has also been accused of coercing Kathryn into signing a non-disclosure agreement following the sexual assault. She claims she received $375,000 in exchange for keeping quiet about the incident. However, she now seeks to make the agreement void.
Ronaldo has directly addressed the news, talking about it in an Instagram live session. He did not only deny the rape, but also said news of the lawsuit is entirely false.
He said, “What they said today, fake, fake news. They want to promote by my name. It’s normal. They want to be famous [by saying] my name … But it’s part of the job. I’m [a] happy man. [It’s] all good.”
After the allegations first became public in 2017, as reported by German news publication Del Spiegel. At the time, Cristiano Ronaldo’s representatives denied them, saying the sex between the two individuals was consensual.Now, after the German publication made the news of the lawsuit public, Ronaldo’s lawyer has accused them of illegal reporting.
Lawyer Christian Schertz has said in a statement:
“It violates the personal rights of our client Cristiano Ronaldo in an exceptionally serious way. This is an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy.”