Whatever happens in Vegas, remains in Vegas. Not in the case of Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo because whatever happened in Vegas has landed him in trouble and apparently it is not even a secret anymore.
Having ensnared himself in a rather serious charge of rape, Ronaldo earlier rebutted the accusations made by a U.S. based woman Kathryn Mayorga connecting to the meeting between the two in 2009 at a Las Vegas hotel. Peter Christiansen, Ronaldo’s lawyer further elaborated the player’s lookout on the issue stating that the star player of Juventus “fervently rebuffs all allegations in this civil action.
The whole affair started after a German magazine decided to interview the alleged rape victim Kathryn Mayorga after she publicly sued the Juventus forward for the 2009 deed of sexual assault. Ronaldo himself branded the reports as “fake news” and his lawyer further accused media outlet of acting “irresponsibly” and that the outlet has considered easily “manipulated and stolen digital document” which had its significant part altered/or downright fabricated.”
The incident is believed to have happened when Ronaldo was rejoicing his “record” move in 2009 against Real Madrid from Manchester Unites. During these celebrations, he met the former model Mayorga Miami (Not a great move, eh?). The incident than turned into two parties allegedly signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) according to which the Portuguese football player payed $375,000 to Ms Mayorga for never taking the incident publicly.
Christiansen further mentioned that his client certainly did engage in sexual activity with Ms Mayorga, but by no means, it was forced, it was totally consensual. The lawyer asserted that an NDA was signed to preserve the footballer’s public image.
Here is a full account of Christiansen’s statement:
“This agreement is by no means a confession of guilt.”
“What happened was simply that Cristiano Ronaldo merely followed the advice of his advisors 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 behavioral 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.”
The German magazine had published a so-called copy of the aforementioned document which contained the signs of Mayorga and Ronaldo, though the footballer’s lawyer claimed the statement in the document were “purely invented.”
Further clarifying about the incident Christiansen stated:
“So that there are no doubts: Cristiano Ronaldo vehemently denies all the accusations in this civil action, in (full) 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 cybercriminal.”
“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.”
Even though Portugal is slated to play a couple of matches during the current international break, Ronaldo isn’t a part of the team, possibly because of his on and off-field progress in his career.