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Cristiano Ronaldo lawyer labels rape accusation as 'complete fabrication'

Amid assault allegations Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina poses gorgeously on private jet Amid assault allegations Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina poses gorgeously on private jetSource Instagram
Charles Bowen | 10 October, 2018, 22:54

Ronaldo has denied the accusations of rape against him, saying that he had a "clear conscience" as he awaits the conclusions of a United States police investigation.

"Ronaldo is forced to break his silence", said the Juventus and Portuguese star's lawyer Peter Christiansen in a statement released through Gestifute, the company which manages the player's affairs.

The statement adds that documents which have appeared in the media, claiming to contain details of the allegations that Ronaldo anally raped Mayorga in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009, are "complete fabrications", and that the encounter was consensual.

Christiansen added: "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".

"The documents which purportedly contain statements by Mr. Ronaldo and have been reported in the media are complete fabrications", Christiansen wrote.

A lawsuit filed September 27 in Nevada state court seeks to void the non-disclosure agreement that Mayorga's attorneys say she signed while accepting $375,000 to keep quiet.

Ronaldo's club, Juventus, has suffered from the allegations, with the Italian club's share price closing nearly 10% down last week as markets reacted.

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Ronaldo and his representatives quickly dismissed the rumours and even threatened to take the publication to court, while other reports have suggested that his sponsors are massively concerned about the allegations against him.

The statement said the NDA is "by no means a confession of guilt" but Ronaldo "merely followed the advice of his advisers in order to put an end to the outrageous accusations made against him" to avoid attempts to "destroy a reputation built thanks to hard work, athletic ability and behavioural correction". "To absolve any doubt, Mr. Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in 2009 in Las Vegas was consensual in nature".

Police in Las Vegas have confirmed they have reopened an investigation into the case, although Ronaldo has categorically denied the claims.

Telephone calls to Der Spiegel on Wednesday went to voicemail.

Lawyers for Cristiano Ronaldo have confirmed the existence of a non-disclosure agreement with Kathryn Mayorga, who accuses the footballer of sexual assault, but says the allegations of rape are "completely fabricated".

AP writer David Rising in Berlin contributedto this report.

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