Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers have fiercely denied claims he raped an American woman in 2009.
The alleged victim Kathryn Mayorga told German magazine Der Spiegel she was attacked by the Portuguese star in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Ronaldo allegedly paid her £287,000 in an out-of-court agreement and she pledged never to speak of the incident again, Mayorga’s lawyer Leslie Mark Stovall said.
Ronaldo’s lawyers, Schertz Bergmann Rechtsanwälte, issued a statement on Friday categorically denying the claims and calling the report “blatantly illegal”.
His lawyer Christian Schertz said he would seek compensation from Der Spiegel for “moral damages in an amount corresponding to the gravity of the infringement, which is probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years”.
Ronaldo signed for Juventus from Real Madrid this summer for €100m.
The Italian club declined to comment on the Der Spiegel report.