Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of raping an American based lady. But the player has dismissed as “fake news” accusations by a US woman who alleges she was raped by the Portuguese footballer in 2009.
In an Instagram video, Cristiano Ronaldo said: “They want to promote [themselves] by [using] my name. It’s normal.”
Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, which originally reported the allegations will be sued according to reports from Ronaldo’s lawyers.
Kathryn Mayorga had claimed Ronaldo, 33, raped her in a hotel room in Las Vegas writes the magazine.
Ms Mayorga, 34, is reported to have filed a rape report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.
In 2010, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,000 (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations.
Ms Mayorga’s lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.
In a statement, Ronaldo’s lawyer Christian Schertz said “the reporting in Spiegel is blatantly illegal”.
Ronaldo added that he had been instructed to seek compensation for “moral damages” over “probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years”.
The Portuguese international is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.