Right here’s what we all know.
Juventus and Portugal famous person Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer’s five-time world participant of the 12 months, has been accused of rape in a resort room in Las Vegas in 2009. His accuser, 34-year-old American Kathryn Mayorga, claims that she settled and signed a non-disclosure settlement price $375,000 on the time however now desires that doc invalidated. She is looking for an extra $200,000 in a civil swimsuit, per the Wall Road Journal.
The case was formally reopened by the Las Vegas police division this month, in keeping with Sports activities Illustrated’s Grant Wahl. They’re presently investigating.
Ronaldo’s attorneys not solely deny the allegation however have threatened to sue Der Spiegel, the German outlet that first reported the NDA in 2017 and printed a prolonged exposé on the case on Friday, claiming to have corroborating proof within the type of authorized paperwork and testimony signed by Ronaldo himself. The attorneys declare that the story is a violation of Ronaldo’s “private rights.”
Mayorga, who was a 25-year-old aspiring mannequin when the rape allegedly occurred, says the incident nonetheless haunts her; that she regrets signing the NDA, feeling powerless and intimidated on the time; and that she desires Ronaldo to be held accountable on this new age of reckoning for previous sexual assaults.
On Sunday, Ronaldo claimed on Instagram that the story was “faux, faux information.”
That a lot we all know.
Then there’s the context to all this. Mayorga’s lawyer, who has taken over from the lawyer liable for negotiating the NDA, has filed a civil criticism in Nevada towards Ronaldo.
We additionally know that this story was beforehand reported by Der Spiegel in 2017, when it first obtained paperwork on purported assault by means of Soccer Leaks. However nothing a lot got here of it then.
In 2005, Ronaldo, then simply 20, was additionally accused of rape in England. The allegation was investigated however costs have been dropped for an absence of proof.
Then there’s this, which is presumably much less germane to the case: Ronaldo has 4 youngsters. The primary, Cristiano Jr., was born in 2010. The mom is believed to have been a one-night stand – her id was by no means revealed. However upon the boy’s beginning, Ronaldo instantly assumed full custody. It’s lengthy been rumored that the mom was both a surrogate or purchased off. In 2017, Ronaldo fathered twins and with them, too, the mom is out of the image – probably a surrogate. Solely his fourth youngster, born late final 12 months, was the product of a relationship that was made public.
Perhaps meaning nothing in any respect. Or maybe it means that Ronaldo has a monitor document of a transactional relationship with girls.
For his preening public persona, for all of the selfies, and for all of the peacocking after targets and in entrance of any digital camera pointed at him, little is thought about this a part of Ronaldo’s life. Or not a lot that’s dependable anyway. There simply aren’t very many dots to attach.
Which makes it that a lot more durable to foretell how the Mayorga story will play out. If it goes away quietly once more or if it blows up, and turns into an unassailable stain on Ronaldo’s legacy as one of many biggest gamers of all time. And as a person who, for his many sharp contrasts with introverted rival Lionel Messi, was thought of a superb man.
To date, the story has been remarkably sluggish to realize traction, provided that it has the potential to destroy the nice fame of not solely one of many world’s most well-known athletes, however one among its most well-known folks. It’s taken most main retailers a number of days to cowl it with greater than a cursory information wire story, in the event that they’ve coated it in any respect.
It’s probably that the sluggish drip of protection is a perform of the soccer media’s enough self-awareness that it’s hopelessly ill-equipped to guage an previous and complex sexual assault case reminiscent of this one – your humble columnist included – and is not sure what to do with the story. The re-emergence of an previous accusation, in violation of a non-disclosure settlement, however with no legal costs or investigation – for now, anyway – and the obvious pursuit of additional damages, additionally muddies up the potential motives of the plaintiff. Which isn’t an indictment of her truthfulness, only a additional complication.