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Posted by portugalpress on October 04, 2018

The trials and tribulations of being the world’s pin-up football ace came have once again come to the fore for Portugal’s living legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

Hot-on-the-heels of clearing an uncomfortable case of tax evasion with authorities in Spain, he has suddenly been plunged into a ‘sex scandal’ from the past - an incident for which he has already purportedly paid former model Kathryn Mayorga handsomely to never speak of again.

Mayorga now maintains that the #metoo movement of women denouncing sexual harassment from the past has ‘given her strength’ to renege on the non-disclosure agreement signed eight years ago… and demand 50,000 US dollars for 11 ‘crimes’ she considers Ronaldo to have been guilty of.

These crimes include rape, aggression, fraud, abuse of a vulnerable person, extortion, defamation, inflicted suffering, abuse of process and negligence - the last referring to the fact that the non-disclosure agreement signed between the two of them somehow found its way to the world’s press.

On top of compensation for Ronaldo’s alleged crimes, Mayorga is understood to want another 600,000 dollars for moral damages, psychiatric treatment and ‘other expenses’ - as well as costs to be awarded in her favour to cover legal fees, etc.

The young woman photographed dancing with CR7 in a Las Vegas disco in 2009 claims to have been unable to work since, due to emotional instability.

Reports suggest she was “unable to go out for months” after the alleged attack.

Germany’s Der Spiegel ‘broke’ the story in full technicolour over the weekend (though they had trailed a much less graphic account as part of the Football Leaks revelations in 2017).

CR7 meantime has categorically refuted what he denounces as “fake news”.

In a statement he said: “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. My clear conscious [sic] will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.”

But this is one very uncomfortable situation.

As tabloid reports explain, the star has a number of major publicity contracts with big name brands now ‘at risk of being cancelled or suspended' due to delicate nature of some of the details being 'exposed'.

And Mayorga herself is described as keen to discover whether they are “other women out there who say they were sexually abused by Ronaldo”.

Portugal’s tabloid Correio da Manhã has already alluded to a British woman who apparently made a rape claim against him in 2005.

Thus there is no telling where this story will go, or how it will end.

For now, Ronaldo has 20 days to respond to Mayorga's complaint which was filed with police in Las Vegas on September 24. Latest news is that he has hired a top Vegas lawyer David Chesnoff - an accomplished litigator who has defended celebrities like Leonardo Di Caprio, Paris Hilton and David Copperfield.

Chesnoff's experience has brought him up against what papers here call "cases of harassment, abuse and rape".

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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