A Las Vegas criminal defense attorney representing Cristiano Ronaldo claims that a non-disclosure statement the footballer signed back in 2010 to allegedly cover up a rape was fabricated, ESPN reported this week.
The attorney, Peter S. Christiansen, said the documents were “complete fabrications” obtained by electronic data leaks and altered.
The German magazine Der Spiegel first reported on the NDA in an investigative article detailing allegations of sexual assault lodged against the Juventus star by Kathryn Mayorga. According to Mayorga, she initially reported the rape to Las Vegas police, where the incident allegedly took place.
She told Der Spiegel that Ronaldo’s legal team forced her to sign an NDA and accept a settlement fee. Mayorga’s defense attorneys framed the attempt as criminal conspiracy to cover up sexual assault.
Mr. Christiansen maintains that the Mayorga engaged in a consensual sex act with Ronaldo in 2009. He further claimed that the media was engaged in a “deliberate defamation campaign based on stolen, easily manipulated digital documents” against his famous client.
The NDA was not signed by Ronaldo in person, but by one of the lawyers representing him at the negotiating table. The 27-page document paid Mayorga $375,000 under 11 clauses she had to obey.
The NDA may contain information seriously damaging to the football star, including a quote where he says that Mayorga “said no and stop several times” while he was engaged in a sex act with her.
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Days after Der Spiegel revealed the existence of the NDA, Las Vegas police reopened the investigation into the original complaint. Mayorga’s attorneys claim that she was rushed into a settlement to avoid criminal prosecution. That is not permissible under state and federal law.