Cristiano Ronaldo, has on Wednesday, denied in strong terms the allegation of rape against him by a former model, who claimed he had sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009.
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” tweeted the 33-year-old, who plays for Juventus in Italy’s Serie A. “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.”
“Keen as I may be to clear my name I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense,” he said.
“My clear conscious (sic) will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations,” he added.
In a 32-page complaint filed last month with a district court in Nevada, Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, accused the Juventus star of raping her on June 13, 2009.
Las Vegas police this week revealed that they were reopening a case filed on that date but did not identify the victim or the alleged perpetrator.
Mayorga’s lawyers are to hold a news conference in Las Vegas at 3:00 pm Pacific time (0000 GMT) on Wednesday to discuss the case.