Cristiano Ronaldo has threatened to sue German magazine, Der Spiegel, over the latter’s report that he raped an American, Kathryn Mayorga, in 2009.
The 5-time ballon d’or winner’s lawyers in a statement said on Friday that they would sue Spiegel claiming the report was false and ‘blatantly illegal’.
The magazine said the rape allegedly took place in June 2009 in a hotel room in Las Vegas, according to Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall.
The magazine quoting the victim’s lawyer, reported that Ronaldo and Mayorga then reached an out-of-court agreement in which the latter pledged never to speak of the accusation again with the Portuguese star paying her $375,000.
‘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.
Ronaldo’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.