Juventus back Ronaldo after investigation into alleged sexual assault is reopened

Ronaldo left out of Portugal squad amid rape allegations

Late last week, Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit filed in Clark County, Nevada, accusing Ronaldo of a 2009 rape in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Police in Las Vegas have confirmed they have reopened an investigation into the case.

Juventus have gone public with their support for the former Madrid star, who has reportedly been summoned by his accuser's attorneys.

Ronaldo, through his Twitter, faulted the media for riding on the explosive allegations, adding that his conscience was clear.

The 33-year-old Juventus and Portugal star is the face of many brand campaigns, including for Nike and EA Sports's Federation Internationale de Football Association franchise, and took to Instagram Live on Wednesday to deny the accusations.

"Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in", said Ronaldo on his Twitter feed @Cristiano, which has almost 75 million followers.

However, the 33-year-old Ronaldo has vehemently distanced himself from the claims, stressing Mayorga is only using his name in "promoting" herself.

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"When Cristiano Ronaldo completed the sexual assault of the plaintiff, he allowed her to leave the bedroom stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman", the lawsuit said.

"Kathryn retained Stovall & Associates concerned with the legal consequences of the disclosures, the circumstances in which the settlement agreement, and the non-disclosure was obtained in 2010, and the severe emotional problems she continued to suffer". The case, however, did not proceed, in part, says Mayorga, because she was afraid of being part of allegations against such a high-profile individual.

Ms Mayorga claims that the alleged incident happened after Ronaldo introduced himself to her in the VIP section of Vegas nightclub Rain.

It is being reported that Cristiano Ronaldo will not play for European champions Portugal again in 2018. "For the next two squad selections, this one and the one next month, Ronaldo won't be with us".

Ronaldo offered her clothing and then followed her into a bathroom where she was going to change clothes, it said. She resisted by covering herself, but Ronaldo turned her over and forcibly sodomised her as she screamed "No, No, No".

She had initially filed a police report describing the alleged crime - but didn't identify Ronaldo by name. They did not respond to specific questions about the content of the Der Spiegel report.

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