LAS VEGAS — Cristiano Ronaldo’s new Las Vegas legal protection lawyer went on the assault Wednesday, saying paperwork cited in media experiences a few rape declare in opposition to the soccer star had been “full fabrications” and the encounter was consensual.
In a press release, legal professional Peter S. Christiansen blamed experiences in regards to the 2009 encounter on digital knowledge leaks of paperwork that he stated had been stolen by a hacker from regulation corporations and different entities in Europe after which put up on the market.
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Ronaldo “is accustomed to being the topic of press consideration that goes together with being well-known,” Christiansen stated.
However the assertion known as it “completely deplorable that any media outlet would help or advance such an elaborate and deliberate defamation marketing campaign primarily based on stolen, simply manipulated digital paperwork.”
The assertion acknowledged that Ronaldo and Kathryn Mayorga reached a non-disclosure settlement in 2010 after their encounter in Las Vegas.
Mayorga’s attorneys, Leslie Stovall and Larissa Drohobyczer, didn’t instantly reply to phone, e mail and textual content messages.
Ronaldo, 33, of Portugal, performs for the Italian membership Juventus and his house nation’s nationwide staff. Some sponsors, together with Nike and online game maker EA Sports activities, have expressed concern in regards to the rape allegation.
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Mayorga, 34, a former mannequin, filed a lawsuit on Sept. 27 in Nevada acknowledging that she accepted $375,000 to maintain quiet in regards to the encounter with Ronaldo in a lodge penthouse.
The lawsuit seeks to void the settlement that her attorneys say she signed underneath strain from “fixers” attempting to guard the fame of Ronaldo. The lawsuit additionally seeks financial damages of at the least $200,000.
“Given the breach of that settlement by the opposite aspect and the inflammatory accusations which were lodged within the ensuing days, Mr. Ronaldo feels compelled to now not stand silent,” Christiansen stated in his assertion.
“To absolve any doubt, Mr. Ronaldo has at all times maintained, as he does immediately, that what occurred in 2009 in Las Vegas was consensual in nature,” it stated. “The paperwork which purportedly include statements by Mr. Ronaldo and have been reported within the media are full fabrications.”
Christiansen declined to remark additional.
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Drohobyczer stated beforehand that Mayorga by no means wished her identify made public however grew to become anxious that she could be recognized after a 2017 media report apparently referred to the encounter on the Palms Lodge and On line casino.
In August, her attorneys requested Las Vegas police to reopen an investigation that had been closed in 2009 with out fees.
The attorneys adopted with the lawsuit about two weeks in the past.
Police have refused to launch paperwork, citing the reopened case, and haven’t commented about progress within the investigation.
Stovall and Drohobyczer have stated a Las Vegas psychiatrist identified Mayorga with post-traumatic stress and melancholy “attributable to Cristiano Ronaldo’s sexual assault in 2009.”
The attorneys stated she was “emotionally fragile,” in a foreign country and wouldn’t be interviewed by media.
The psychiatrist, Norton Roitman, has testified quite a few occasions as an skilled witness in state courtroom in Las Vegas. His workplace issued a press release to The Related Press saying his function within the case doesn’t allow him to publicly remark.
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Christiansen changed high-profile legal protection attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld as Ronaldo’s authorized consultant in Las Vegas.
Ronaldo’s legal professional in Berlin, Christian Schertz, has refused remark in regards to the rape allegation. He threatened to sue after the German journal Der Spiegel reported on the lawsuit, saying the article violated Ronaldo’s private rights.
Phone calls to Der Spiegel on Wednesday went to voicemail.
The Related Press doesn’t typically identify individuals who say they’re victims of intercourse crimes, however Mayorga gave consent by means of her attorneys to make her identify public.
AP author David Rising in Berlin contributed to this report.