Las Vegas – A lawyer for a Nevada woman claims that football star Cristiano Ronaldo She raped her in Las Vegas in 2009, saying on Tuesday that her client was "emotionally fragile" and agreed to an out-of-court settlement nine years ago because she never wanted to publicize her name.
Kathryn Mayorga is outside the US and does not speak with the media about the lawsuit she filed last week to claim Ronaldo's money, attorney Larissa Drohobyczer told The Associated Press. Drohobyczer did not say where Mayorga was. She lives in the city of Henderson in the Las Vegas region.
AP usually does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but Drohobyczer said Mayorga gave permission on Tuesday for her name to be used.
"She will not be interviewed," the lawyer said. "At this time she is emotionally fragile."
The civil lawsuit in the Las Vegas state court claims Ronaldo raped Mayorga, then 24, in his penthouse suite in a Las Vegas hotel and hired a team of what the document called "Fixer" to make the money A police obstruct criminal investigation and trick Mayorga into taking $ 375 000 to keep silent.
A lawyer for Ronaldo, Christian Schertz in Berlin, did not respond immediately to e-mails from AP. It was not immediately clear if the player had a lawyer who represented him in the matter in the US after the German magazine The mirror Last week, Schertz reported on the lawsuit and threatened with the lawsuit that the article "violates Ronaldo 's personal rights in an extremely serious way".
Ronaldo seems to deny the allegations in an Instagram video published hours after filing the lawsuit.
"Fake. Fake News" said the five-time world player of the year. "You want to advertise my name, it's normal, you want to be famous, to say my name, but it's part of the job, I'm a happy man and all the best."
Drohobyczer, who said that she did not represent Mayorga in 2009 with Ronaldo's representatives, confirmed that Mayorga accepted the settlement money.
No court document was filed, and Drohobyczer refused to identify the lawyers who were handling the case for Mayorga and Ronaldo at the time.
A lawyer representing Mayorga in 2009 did not respond to AP's news on Tuesday.
Drohobyczer said Mayorga, now 34, worried that her name would become public after a 2017 media report appeared to refer to the June 2009 incident at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Mayorga was not a source for the article, said Drohobyczer.
Her client has also been influenced by the #Metoo movement of women in recent months who have made public allegations of past sexual assault, the lawyer said.
Mayorga met Ronaldo in a nightclub, according to the lawsuit, and went with him and other people to his suite, where the alleged attack took place in a bedroom.
"She came to us and we had concerns about what happened in 2009 … about the police investigation and the circumstances surrounding the settlement and how the negotiations were conducted," Drohobyczer told AP.
"We do not think she was able to reach an agreement because of her emotional state," Drohobyczer said. She described Mayorga 2009 as emotionally damaged, anxious, depressed and humiliated after the alleged attack and pressure of Ronaldo's agents.
"We asked the police to resume the investigation and they did," Drohobyczer said.
Police spokesman Aden OcampoGomez, a Las Vegas police spokesman, said that as the investigation was open, the department would not release a police report that Mayorga had filed the day of the alleged attack. The lawsuit states that Mayorga also went to a hospital where a medical examination was conducted.
Mayorga, however, refused to tell the police the location of the alleged attack or to locate another suspect, except to say he was a European footballer, Ocampo-Gomez said.
Ronaldo, 33, is a Portuguese citizen. He went in 2009 from Manchester United to Real Madrid for a record of 94 million euros or about 130 million dollars. He now plays for the Italian club Juventus.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages of at least $ 200,000. It raises 11 allegations against Ronaldo or those who work for him, including conspiracy, defamation, abuse of a vulnerable, battery, infliction of emotional stress, coercion and fraud, extortion and conspiracy contract, litigation and negligence, in order to allow details of that confidentiality publicly known.