Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers have confirmed that Kathryn Mayorga, who had previously accused the football superstar of sexual assault, had indeed signed a non-disclosure agreement, but added that her allegations of rape are “completely fabricated.”
Ronaldo’s lawyer expressed in a statement that he “vehemently denies all of the allegations in the complaint and has consistently maintained that denial for the last nine years.”
The statement further adds that the sexual relations between Ronaldo and Mayorga were consensual in nature and that any and all information that claims that the latter was raped are “complete fabrications”.
The statement further stated that the documents were an attempt to malign Ronaldo and destroy his reputation. “It is my understanding that in 2015, dozens of entities [including law firms] across many different industries throughout Europe were hacked and their electronic data was stolen and captured by a cybercriminal.”
It further continued, “This hacker attempted to sell this data, and one media outlet has now irresponsibly published the stolen documents, significant portions of which were altered and/or completely fabricated. “
The statement, however, did confirm that a non-disclosure agreement had been signed between Ronaldo and Mayorga for the sum of $350,000. However, it denied that there was any coercion involved in signing it.
Ronaldo had been accused of raping Mayorga in 2009 after inviting her to his penthouse suite following a party.
The claims that Ronaldo raped Mayorga first appeared in German publication Der Spiegel. According to Mayorga, she had been suffering trauma over the incident for several years and only decided to come out with her story after being inspired by other MeToo stories.
Las Vegas police have confirmed that Mayorga had indeed registered a complaint at the time, but had not mentioned rape. They have further stated that the investigation into the incident has been reopened.