Juventus have come out to defend forward Cristiano Ronaldo amid Allegations of Rape. The 33-year-old has been accused of rape by former night club worker Kathryn Mayorga.
Mayorga, born in Nevada claims the incident happened in 2009, the same night after which Manchester United accepted a bid from Real Madrid for the Portuguese.
But the former Real Madrid player has denied the claims. And now his new club Juventus have issued a statement regarding the Rape allegations.
“Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus,” the club Twitter account posted.
“The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.”
Mayorga claims that the incident happened after Ronaldo introduced himself to her in the VIP section of the Las Vegas night club. After allegedly giving her his number, Ms Mayorga says Ronaldo invited her and her friend back to his penthouse at the Palms Place Hotel.
While changing clothes to get into his jacuzzi, Mayorga said that Ronaldo walked in and asked her to perform sexual acts. She then said, despite her refusal, Ronaldo forced himself on her and committed rape.
Her lawyer, Leslie Stovall, said yesterday: “She has decided not to make herself available to the media and stay out of the public because of her emotional state. It is not pleasant for her.”
Despite Ronaldo denying the allegations, Mega Sport Brand Nike, who sponsor Ronaldo, have expressed worries at the allegations. “We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation,” they told AP.