While fans are talking about the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United, the rape case on the world’s renowned players looms in the background.
As per the chronology of the rape allegation on the footballer, Kathryn Mayorga, 25, had met a 24-year-old footballer at an exclusive club in Las Vegas called Rain on June 12, 2009. A few hours later, they went to the Palm Place Hotel along with the few others for the Hot-Tub party. The model had alleged that the footballer had raped her here. According to the model’s statements to the German magazine, Der Spiegel, that she was changing when the footballer approached her and forced to have her intercourse.
On June 13, 2009, the model reported the incident to the Police. In the call records, she refused to name him but called him a ‘public figure’ and explained how the rape happened. Medical tests proved that she was penetrated. Her name in the reports appeared as Susan K., to conceal her identity.
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Then in September 2009, a questionnaire was submitted to Ronaldo to question him on the rape case filed against him in Los Angeles. His brother-in-law and his cousin were also mailed the questionnaire because they were also present. German publication noted that several versions of the answers were submitted to the questionnaire but the one submitted in September 2009 was crucial because that Ronaldo had admitted that Mayorga, “said no and stop several times.”
In 2010, the case had apparently settled after Ronaldo paid the model $375,000 with a non-disclosure agreement to drop all charges against him.
The case was closed also due to difficulty in investigations. According to the reports, Mayorga suffered trauma but the Me Too movement in 2018 encouraged her to reopen the case and reveal her identity. She also claimed that she was mentally incapacitated while signing the NDA.
Back in 2018, the lawyers of Ronaldo dismissed the allegations and called it a piece of “journalistic fiction”. The lawyers argued that the documents obtained were unsigned and that the parties involved were unidentified.
The publication, however, showed the signatures of Ronaldo on the document. The Los Angeles police opened the case but Cristiano Ronaldo denied the rape allegations and said that “rape goes against everything that I am and believe in.”
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He was also charged with rape allegations when he was 20. However, his fans deny believing these allegations against him.