Cristiano Ronaldo denies accusations of abusing a woman in 2009

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Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed as "fake news" accusations by a USA woman who alleges she was raped by the Portuguese footballer in 2009.

Ronaldo addressed the allegations via his Instagram.

'They want to promote my name.

Back in 2009, the summer that Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United, he was on holiday in the USA when the alleged attack took place.

Miss Rodriguez posted the picture after an astonishing report in German magazine Der Spiegel alleged Ronaldo had raped Kathryn Mayorga and paid her £287,000 hush money.

In a statement, Ronaldo's lawyer Christian Schertz said: "the reporting in Spiegel is blatantly illegal." adding that they will be seeking compensation for moral damages.

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Kathryn Mayorga alleges in court papers filed in Las Vegas that the incident happened back in June, 2009.

After filing a police complaint the following day, she says she negotiated a 375,000-euro out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo not to go public with her claims.

Then, a sports website leaked copies of documents and communications between Ronaldo and his team relevant to the mediation to Der Spiegel, which published a detailed account of the allegations.

The court documents state that as she was changing, Ronaldo entered the bathroom, exposed himself and asked her to perform a sex act. It's normal. They want to be famous to say my name, but it is part of the job. Ronaldo's lawyers say they will sue the magazine.

It was the summer of 2009, the year Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United to join Real Madrid, becoming, in turn, the most expensive player in the world, worth a whopping €94 million.

Miss Mayorga said that she kept quiet until the #MeToo movement inspired her to speak out and because she feels Ronaldo's lawyers violated the non-disclosure agreement on a technicality. The allegations form the basis of Mayorga's claims of coercion and fraud, racketeering and civil conspiracy, and abuse of process. "I've had like these serious breakdowns", she told the magazine.