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> Cristiano Ronaldo intends to sue a German news magazine over reports it published accusations from an American woman, who alleges he raped her in 2009. Lawyers for the soccer icon say, the reports from Der Spiegel are quote, blatantly illegal and have previously denied the accusations. Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in the world of sport.
And Der Spiegel has been putting out these reports since last year, most recently on Friday. In them, a woman named Catherine Mayorga and her lawyers, alleged she was assaulted by Ronaldo in a Las Vegas hotel room. And she was paid harsh money to never speak of it, to a sum of $375,000.
Reuters has not independently verified the reports. Mayorga's lawyer told Der Spiegel that she is attempting to void the non-disclosure agreement in court. Ronaldo's lawyer says he'll seek damages from Der Spiegel for quote, moral damages in an amount corresponding to the gravity from the infringement, which is probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years.
The magazine's deputy editor-in-chief told Reuters that Der Spiegel had repeatedly written to Ronaldo's management and lawyers about the allegations before publishing its report, but received no answers.