The Latest on a Nevada woman’s allegation that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo raped her at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Lawyers for a Nevada woman alleging that Cristiano Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas in 2009 plan a news conference to talk about a civil lawsuit they filed in state court against the international soccer star.

The accuser, Kathryn Mayorga, wasn’t scheduled to attend the Wednesday afternoon media briefing at her lawyers’ office.

Attorney Larissa Drohobyczer (droh-HO’-bit-zer) says Mayorga is out of the U.S. and isn’t speaking with reporters.

Drohobyczer says Mayorga gave The Associated Press permission to publish her name.

The lawsuit filed last week alleges Ronaldo had what the document calls “fixers” obstruct a police investigation and trick Mayorga into accepting $375,000 to keep quiet.

Las Vegas police say they’ve reopened a sexual assault investigation at Mayorga’s request.

Ronaldo used Twitter to deny her accusations of what he calls an “abominable crime.”


Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo attends a Champions League, group H soccer match between Juventus and Young Boys, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. A lawyer for a Nevada woman alleging that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas in 2009 said Tuesday her client was “emotionally fragile” and agreed to an out-of-court financial settlement nine years ago because she never wanted her name made public. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

7:30 a.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo has denied “accusations being issued against” him and called rape an “abominable crime.”

The 33-year-old Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga. She has said the soccer great raped her in Las Vegas in 2009.

Ronaldo posted a video on Instagram shortly after a civil lawsuit was filed in Nevada last week, calling it “Fake. Fake news.”

On Wednesday, Ronaldo tweeted in both Portuguese and English.

Ronaldo wrote: “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.”

In a second tweet, he added: “My clear conscience will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations.”


Source: The Associated Press

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