Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has firmly denied rape allegations that were first made against him in 2009.
The dad took to Twitter to clear his name in a series of tweets.
He wrote: “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me.”
“Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in,” he continued.
The sportsman claimed that accuser Kathryn Mayorga made the claims to “promote themselves at my expense.”
“Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense,” he wrote.
The 33-year-old said he has a clear conscience which will allow him to “await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.”
Kathryn claimed that the attack happened in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. She says that during the alleged attack, she repeatedly said no, giving verbal non-consent.
It is believed she went to the hospital for a sexual assault examination after the alleged incident.
I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 3, 2018
Mayorga accepted a settlement and nondisclosure agreement. It is believed she received $375,000 in exchange for her silence.
According to the Associated Press, police in Las Vegas have re-opened the sexual assault case.
More to follow.