Cristiano Ronaldo again denies rape allegations calls it an 'abominable crime'

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The 33-year-old Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga.

There are photos of the two hanging out at the nightclub together on the night in question, but Ronaldo has vehemently denied the rape allegations.

Her lawsuit - received by the courts on Friday - seeks to make the alleged non-disclosure agreement void.

Mayorga's lawyer did not follow up with Las Vegas Police, according to the lawsuit.

The incident allegedly happened in 2009, and back then, Ronaldo's representatives and the lawyer of the victim reportedly agreed to a $375 000 (R5.4 million) out-of-court settlement for her to remain silent.

Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in July after nine years with Real Madrid, appeared to deny the allegations in a video posted on Instagram hours after the suit was filed by calling them "fake news".

Ronaldo's legal team described Der Spiegel's report as "blatantly illegal" and confirmed they will pursue action against the publication for "inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy".

It said the assault left her with "severe emotional and bodily injuries including but not limited to anal contusions, posttraumatic stress disorder and major depression".

However, Mayorga refused to tell police the location of the alleged attack or to identify a suspect other than to say he was a European soccer player, according to police.

"You want to promote by my name". It's part of the job. "I am a happy man and all good", Ronaldo said.

"The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department responded to a call of a sexual assault on June 13, 2009", read a statement released to Omnisport.

It was nearly as if Real president Florentino Perez had been anticipating such a reaction from the Bernabeu as he tried to assure supporters that Ronaldo would one day return to Los Blancos.

Ronaldo will "suffer a little" in Italy's top tier compared to how easy he found life in La Liga, says the former Milan and Roma full-back.

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In reality, the lawsuit claims, his team was attempting to obstruct a criminal investigation and erode Mayorga's credibility, thus diminishing her chances of pursuing a claim for civil damages. She explained that she chose to break her silence in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Mayorga's lawsuit claims that she obtained them and handed them over to Las Vegas police in August.

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