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Lawyers for Cristiano Ronaldo said on Friday they would
sue German magazine Der Spiegel.This is 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.The statement was sent to Reuters by Ronaldo’s agent
Gestifute in response to a request for comment on the Der Spiegel story. Gestifute did not answer any specific questions about the
content of the Der Spiegel report, which Reuters was unable to independently
verify.Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in world sport.He has been named player of the year five times and
transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid this summer for 100 million euros. The Italian club declined to comment on the Der Spiegel
report.The magazine said the rape allegedly took place in June
2009 in a hotel room in Las Vegas, according to Leslie Mark Stovall, lawyer for
the alleged victim, Kathryn Mayorga.Ronaldo and Mayorga then reached an out-of-court
agreement, according to Stovall as reported in the magazine.It said, according to Stovall, that she had pledged never
to speak of the accusation again and Ronaldo paid her $375,000.”Kathryn was sexually assaulted in June 2009 by an
individual named Cristiano Ronaldo,” Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Mark
Stovall, said in a video published online by Der Spiegel.Reuters was not able to independently verify Mayorga’s
allegations.Stovall did not immediately respond to email requests
from Reuters for comment on the report and Mayorga was not available for
comment in telephone calls to her home.Her lawyer told Der Spiegel, however, that he had filed a
civil complaint seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.”The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano
Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused
Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries,” Stovall told Der
Spiegel.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.”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.Mayorga told Der Spiegel she no longer felt bound by the
non-disclosure agreement as she suffers from the consequences of the night nine
years ago.”I’ve had like these serious
breakdowns,” she told the magazine. “And again, blaming of the rape.
And I blame him, and I blame myself for signing that thing.” 


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