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Confronted with what are clearly severe accusations, Ronaldo has “firmly” denied all allegations calling rape “an abominable crime that goes towards all the pieces I’m and consider in”, including:
“Eager as I could also be to clear my title, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by folks looking for to advertise themselves at my expense.”
Ms. Mayorga made her allegations in an interview with German journal Der Spiegel, claiming that Ronaldo had invited her to his Las Vegas resort after which pressured her to have intercourse with him. On the time, in 2009, she ultimately arrived at a non-public settlement with Ronaldo, receiving $375,000 in trade for a non-disclosure settlement which has clearly since been damaged.
In a doc filed to the District Courtroom, Clark County, Nevada on September 27th by legislation agency Stovall & Associates on behalf of Ms. Mayorga, her attorneys argue that the 2009 settlement is “void or voidable on the idea of incompetency, undue affect, coercion and/or fraud”. In different phrases, her attorneys argue that because of the trauma of the preliminary sexaul assault and in addition as a result of a “subsequent risk to publicly and falsely accuse her of extortion and false accusations”, Ms. Mayorga “was incompetent and lacked the psychological capability to take part in negotiations”.
She says that she has come ahead now, 9 years later, for 3 causes – firstly, a perception that she will discover justice with a brand new lawsuit, secondly she has been emboldened by the Me Too motion and thirdly she hopes that public consideration from the case might trigger different accusers to come back ahead.
No matter about her first two causes for denouncing Ronaldo, the third one has already come about with lawyer Leslie Stovall this week confirming that at the very least three different, up to now unnamed girls have come ahead to make severe accusations towards Ronaldo. One claims that she was raped, one other that she was “injured” and a 3rd that she too was pressured into signing some type of non-disclosure settlement.
If folks have come ahead to make accusations towards Ronaldo, so too have folks come ahead to defend him. His mom Dolores and his sister Katia have gone on social media to defend the participant, saying that “#Ronaldo, we’re with you to the top”.
Not solely the participant’s household but additionally Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and Portugal’s nationwide workforce coach Fernando Santos have additionally received in on the act. Prime Minister Costa says that the precept of harmless till proved responsible applies to Ronaldo simply as to anybody else, including:
“If there’s one factor we do know, it’s that Cristiano Ronaldo is an actual skilled and a rare athlete and footballer. He’s an individual who has honoured Portugal and has introduced nice status to Portugal and let’s hope that nothing will ever besmirch that picture of Cristiano”.
Fernando Santos, the person who coached the Portugal workforce which Ronaldo led to a European Championship title in France two years in the past, had this to say:
“I all the time stand by my gamers however that is greater than an act of solidarity. Put merely, I consider what the participant has publicly said, that he considers rape an abominable crime and that he’s harmless of each accusation. I do know Cristiano very effectively and for that cause I consider him…”
Not surprisingly, too, Ronaldo’s employers, Juventus, have stood by their man, saying that accusations “allegedly courting again to nearly 10 years in the past” don’t change their excessive opinion of Ronaldo, a participant of “nice professionalism and dedication”.
Within the meantime, after all, Ronaldo has been doing what he does greatest, particularly scoring objectives. Seemingly undisturbed by the worldwide media protection of the rape accusations, he knocked house a spectacular second and profitable purpose in Saturday’s 2-Zero defeat of Udinese, on the finish of one other spectacular efficiency.
So there we have now it. This was the week when feminisim and the #MeToo motion went face to face with soccer ardour and some of the well-known footballers on this planet. This was all the time going to be a head-on collision of scary proportions. It stays to be seen simply how a lot harm will probably be inflicted and on whom and on what.
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