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Ronaldo threatens legal action against German magazine which claims he raped American woman in 2009

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of raping a woman in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009, and subsequently paying her $375,000 hush money to keep quiet about the incident, German news outlet Der Spiegel reports.

Lawyers for Ronaldo however said on Friday they would sue Der Spiegel after it published ‘blatantly illegal’ accusations by an American woman who alleges she was raped by the Portuguese soccer star in 2009.

Ronaldo’s lawyer Christian Schertz said in a statement the report was ‘an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy’, and that he would seek legal redress for his client from the magazine.

According to the report, the woman, named as Kathryn Mayorga, 34, and from the United States, claims Ronaldo anally raped her and then paid her the sum to buy her silence about the alleged ordeal.

Der Spiegel reports that Mayorga’s lawyer is “questioning the validity” of the settlement in a civil complaint in Nevada.

The same outlet claim the case is based on a document containing Ronaldo’s account of what happened on 12th June 2009. In it, the 33-year old is quoted as saying “she said ‘no’ and ‘stop’ several times.”

Mayorga has spoken publicly for the first time about the alleged encounter with Juventus forward Ronaldo, who was under contract at Real Madrid at the time, saying she was raped by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner after a night spent partying.

She described events following the incident, describing how Ronaldo fell to his knees after the incident and told her he was “99 per cent” a “good guy” let down by the “one per cent”.

The magazine’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Alfred Weinzierl, told Reuters that Der Spiegel had repeatedly written to Ronaldo’s management and lawyers about the allegations before publishing its report.

‘We sent written questions, to which there were no answers. Nobody sued us in connection with earlier Ronaldo reports,’ he said in an email.