Is the Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegation football’s #MeToo moment?

Juventus Mario Mandzukic left talks with his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo during the Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Juventus in Turin Italy Saturday

"Ms. Mayorga's August, 2018 decision to contact the police and participate in the criminal investigation of the June 13, 2009 sexual assault, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's current investigation of the June 13, 2009 sexual assault of Ms. Mayorga, and the existence of Nevada Revised Statute 171.083 removing the time limits for criminal prosecution of a sexual assault in the State of Nevada, are not 'fake news'".

Mayorga alleges in the lawsuit she was pressured into signing a nondisclosure agreement to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking US$200,000 (NZ$300,000) in penalties and damages, while she is seeking to void the agreement in which she claims she received US$375,000 (NZ$567,000) to stay quiet.

Ms Mayorga says Ronaldo approached her when she was changing in the bathroom, exposed himself and asked her for oral sex.

Ronaldo, who now plays for Juventus in Italy's Serie A, rejected the charges as "fake news" during a live chat on Instagram. They want to be famous, to say my name.

"Ninety-nine percent of me is a good guy, I just don't know about the other 1%", he reportedly told her as he fell to his knees.

Part of the deal was a clause that she would not go public with the allegations. "I wanted him to deal with it, to have to face me", she said. "A medical exam was conducted", police confirmed in a statement released last night.

The file accuses Ronaldo and those working for him of battery, infliction of emotional distress, coercion and fraud, abuse of a vulnerable person, racketeering and civil conspiracy, defamation, abuse of process, breach of contract, and negligence for allowing details of the confidential settlement to leak out. She says she struggled to maintain relationships or hold down a job. However, upon Der Spiegel's reporting on the documents a year ago, Ronaldo's lawyers denied the existence of the letter, leading Mayorga's current legal representation to question if the settlement was ever fulfilled.

This week, however, the woman has identified herself as Kathryn Mayorga to the publication, and shared her detailed account of the assault with the publication.

Der Spiegel's deputy editor-in-chief, Alfred Weinzierl, on Sunday said the magazine stood fully by its story.

Those statements mirrored thoughts she once had about Ronaldo, she told the magazine.

Ronaldo has been considered one of the world's best - if not the best - player for a decade. He has been named player of the year five times and transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid this summer for 100 million euros.

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