Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer has described the rape allegations leveled against his client as an ‘attempt to destroy his reputation’.
Peter Christiansen on Wednesday issued a strong response after being hired to represent the 33-year-old Juventus star who is facing allegations of rape from 2009.
Christiansen added that the player has insisted that the incident in question was “consensual in nature” and the confidentiality agreement (which has now been broken) is “by no means an admission of guilt.”
“I have been hired to represent Cristiano Ronaldo with respect to the recent civil complaint arising from events alleged to have occurred in 2009, all of which were the subject of a mutual release between the parties in 2010.
Given the breach of that agreement by the other side and the inflammatory accusations that have been lodged in the ensuing days as a result, Mr Ronaldo feels compelled to no longer stand silent and in fact, is entitled under the agreement to respond proportionately in kind.
To be clear, Cristiano Ronaldo vehemently denies all the accusations in this civil action, in consistency with what he has done in the last nine years.The documents that allegedly contain statements by Mr. Ronaldo and were reproduced in the media are pure inventions.
By 2015, dozens of entities (including law firms) in different parts of Europe were attacked and their electronic data stolen by a cybercriminal.This hacker tried to sell such information, and a media outlet irresponsibly ended up publishing some of the stolen documents, significant parts of which were altered and / or completely fabricated. Once again, for the avoidance of doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo’s position has always been, and continues to be, that what happened in 2009 in Las Vegas was completely consensual.
Cristiano Ronaldo does not deny that he agreed to enter into an agreement, but the reasons that led him to do so are at least to be distorted. This agreement is by no means a confession of guilt. What happened was simply that Cristiano Ronaldo merely followed the advice of his advisors in order to put an end to the outrageous accusations made against him, in order precisely to avoid attempts, such as those we are now witnessing, to destroy a reputation built thanks to hard work, athletic ability and behavioural correction. Unfortunately, it is now involved in the type of litigation that is very common in the United States.Although Cristiano Ronaldo is accustomed to being the subject of media attention, inherent in the fact that he is a famous person, it is absolutely deplorable that the media continue to propagate and stimulate an intentional defamation campaign based on stolen and easily manipulated digital documents.
Cristiano Ronaldo has mandated his lawyers in the United States and Europe to deal with all legal aspects and expresses full confidence that the truth will prevail, despite the corruption of counterinformation, and in which the laws of Nevada will be enforced and respected,” read Ronaldo’s Legal Team Statement In Full
Der Spiegel wrote that Ms Mayorga filed a report with the Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.
She reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,00 (£288,000) payment for agreeing to never go public with the allegations in 2010.
However, her lawyers are now looking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.
Las Vegas police confirmed they had investigated the complaint in June 2009 but added they had no suspect in the case.
A statement read: “At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description.
“As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided.”