Cristiano Ronaldo Set To Sue German Magazine Over Rape Allegation
Nine Years ago an American lady, Mayorga claimed she was raped by football star, Cristiano Ronaldo, and it was published by a German magazine. Now the Ronaldo is set to sue the magazine.
Ronaldo’s lawyers said on Friday they would sue German magazine, Der Spiegel, after it published ‘blatantly illegal’ accusations by an American woman who alleged she was raped by the Juventus star years ago.
The football star’s lawyer Christian Schertz said in a statement the report was ‘an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy’, and that he would seek legal redress for his client from the magazine.
The German magazine said the rape purportedly took place in June 2009 in a hotel room in Las Vegas, according to Leslie Mark Stovall, lawyer for the alleged victim, Kathryn Mayorga
Ronaldo and Mayorga then reached an out-of-court agreement, that she had pledged never to speak of the accusation again and Ronaldo paid her $375,000.
According to Stovall as reported in the magazine,‘Kathryn was sexually assaulted in June 2009 by an individual named Cristiano Ronaldo,’ Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, said in a video published online by Der Spiegel.
In a statement issued by Ronaldo’s lawyers, Schertz Bergmann Rechtsanwälte, the player denied Mayorga’s rape claim saying they would sue for “compensation for moral damages”.
His solicitor, Professor Dr Christian Schertz said: “The reporting in SPIEGEL is blatantly illegal. It violates the personal rights of our client Cristiano Ronaldo in an exceptionally serious way”.
“This is an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy. It would therefore already be unlawful to reproduce this reporting”.
“We have been instructed to immediately assert all existing claims under press law against SPIEGEL, in particular, compensation for moral damages in an amount corresponding to the gravity of the infringement, which is probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years”.