Cristiano Ronaldo sued over historic alleged rape in Las Vegas hotel

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Ms Mayorga, 34, had told Der Spiegel that she was raped in June 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Kathryn Mayorga sued Ronaldo in a district court in Clark County, Nevada on Thursday, and is also seeking to void a $US375,000 ($278,300) settlement she alleges she was coerced into signing to keep quiet, according to the complaint seen by Reuters and according to Ms Mayorga's lawyer.

"Ms. Mayorga's filed complaint, the physical evidence of her sexual assault, answers to written questions regarding the sexual assault attributed to Cristiano Ronaldo, the communications and conduct of the "team" representing Cristiano Ronaldo, the circumstances surrounding the purported agreement for settlement and non disclosure, and the psychological injuries suffered by Ms. Mayorga are not 'fake news, '" Stovall wrote.

The footballer has denied the claims made by the German publication and said that they're "fake news".

"They want to be famous, to say my name", Ronaldo said.

The Juventus superstar has denied the allegations claiming that the people that accused him only want to promote themselves by using his name. "I am a happy man and all good", Ronaldo said.

At the time of the alleged attack, Ronaldo, then 24, was in Las Vegas on holiday with his brother-in-law and cousin. In reality, the lawsuit claims, his team was attempting to obstruct a criminal investigation and erode Mayorga's credibility, thus diminishing her chances of pursuing a claim for civil damages.

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According to reports in the German magazine, the American woman had filed a rape report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.

Mayorga, who has been a teacher, said she wanted only to report a sexual assault and submit to a medical exam, her lawyer said. Negotiations left her with "intrusive thoughts, an increased sense of extreme anxiety and fearfulness, complete helplessness and passivity", the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit claims that the woman, who was then 24, went with a friend to the Rain nightclub at the Palms Hotel and Casino on the night of June 12, 2009, and met Ronaldo there. She says she struggled to maintain relationships or hold down a job.

"He wouldn't let me leave", Mayorga told Der Spiegel. 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.

The lawsuit said Mayorga reported the alleged assault to the Las Vegas police the same day and underwent an examination at a local hospital. In a later interview published by Der Spiegel on Saturday, in which she was identified for the first time, she said that she had followed the online reaction to the original story closely. (...) And she can't even get out of bed some days.

After playing for Manchester United and Real Madrid, he joined Serie A heavyweights Juventus for a reported US$117 million (NZ$177m) transfer fee.

Ronaldo's girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, is standing by him as well.

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