'Sorry, I’m usually a gentleman’: Cristiano Ronaldo allegedly apologised to woman after raping her at a Vegas hotel in 2009
When the 2009 incident came to light, Cristiano Ronaldo straightaway denied raping the model who claims to have been harassed by the Juventus FC player
As one of the most prominent soccer players in the world, a scandal can easily ruin his life. Cristiano Ronaldo is probably at the peak of the career, and the scandal involving him allegedly raping a woman in 2009 could cause some significant damage to his career. The footballer has, however, dismissed the allegation as "fake news" in an Instagram video.
In the live video, the now Juventus FC forward claimed that his name was only being used as a way for the girl to gain some attention, and Ronaldo claimed that this is pretty normal. "They want to promote [themselves] by [using] my name. It's normal."
Spiegel Magazine had reported on the incident stating that Ronaldo had apparently paid the woman, Kathryn Mayorga, to remain silent about what happened in Las Vegas in 2009. The 34-year-old Kathryn claimed Ronaldo raped her in a bathroom at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in June 2009.
Apparently, in 2010, Mayorga, a model, had reached out for an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo which involved a whopping amount of $375, 000 that would ensure that Mayorga would never speak about the incident publicly. But her lawyer is reportedly now challenging the alleged agreement.
Although she has remained silent for all these years, she probably chose to go forward with her complaint after being inspired by American actress Alyssa Milano encouraged women who have experienced sexual harassment to go public under the hashtag #MeToo.
Mayorga also mentioned that during the incident, Ronaldo was on his knees claiming that he was "99 percent a good guy".
However, with Ronaldo denying all allegations, his lawyers have claimed that a legal action would be taken against Der Spiegel over the "blatantly illegal" allegations. This certainly isn't the first time that a footballer has made it to the headline over sexual allegations.
Two Charlton Athletic footballers were taken to court in May this year over an alleged sexual assault on a teenage British girl. It was assumed that one of the two, who are both strikers with the League One side, had apparently divided the "task" between them. As one assaulted the victim, the other filmed the attack on a mobile phone. As for Ronaldo, after his claim, he is probably in the safe hands of his lawyers who have apparently advised him to seek compensation for "moral damages" over "probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years".