Juventus striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, allegedly raped a US model and then said “sorry, I’m usually a gentleman”, according to court papers filed in Las Vegas, Daily Mail reports
Kathryn Mayorga, a 34-year-old teacher, who was an aspiring model at the time of the alleged assault, claims Ronaldo raped her in a bathroom at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, in the early hours of June 13, 2009.
Ronaldo has since denied the allegations, calling it “fake news”.
The pair had met at Rain nightclub at the Palms, where Ronaldo was staying on holiday. Pictures showed Ronaldo and Mayorga together at the club.
According to documents filed at Clark County District Court on Friday, the footballer invited Mayorga and a friend to his penthouse suite “to enjoy the view of the Las Vegas Strip”.
Mayorga claims she refused to get into his hot tub because she did not want to ruin her dress, before Ronaldo offered her some athletic shorts and a T-shirt.
The court documents state that as she was changing, Ronaldo entered the bathroom, exposed himself and asked her to perform a sex act.
According to the papers, the striker then turned Mayorga on to her side, and that even though she was screaming “no, no, no!”, she was raped by the star.
The documents claim Ronaldo left the bedroom after the assault, “stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman”.
In an interview with Der Spiegel, Mayorga claimed Ronaldo said he was “99 per cent good a good guy” let down by the “1 per cent”.
Mayorga alleges she reported the incident to Las Vegas police later that day and went to hospital where evidence of the alleged rape was documented and photographed.
She later hired a lawyer and negotiated a £287,000 out-of-court settlement in 2010. As part of that deal, she agreed never to go public with her allegations.
But the new claim seeks to overturn that settlement, which she says she only signed because she was “terrified of retaliation’ from Ronaldo and of ‘being publicly humiliated by being identified as a victim of sexual assault.”