The Juventus forward is enmeshed in a case of rape allegation which he has taken time to deny while investigations are currently ongoing.
The case of rape allegation levelled against the Juventus star has taken a new turn as his lawyer released a statement labelling evidence brought up against his client as fabricated.
Peter Christiansen, Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer reiterated the Portuguese’s stance on the incident strongly denying the rape allegation although he maintained that the football superstar was party to a mutual agreement which the former Madrid star was advised to undertake to salvage his reputation.
Der Spiegel first reported the incident, where it was claimed that an American lady Kathryn Mayorga who filed the lawsuit accusing Ronaldo of sexually assaulting her in a hotel in Las Vegas in 2009 was paid $375,000 in 2010 as part of a privacy agreement, preventing her from going public with the allegations.
Now discontent with remaining silent, Ms Mayorga filed a lawsuit last month claiming to have been coerced to agreeing to the resolution while Las Vegas police have swiftly moved to reopen an investigation.
In a statement, Mr. Christiansen confirmed that the Juventus star agreed to pay the sum of $375,000 to Ms Mayorga to prevent the allegation from going public at that time.
He also dismissed certain documents which were presented as evidence in the sexual assault case as fake.
Christiansen said: “I have been hired to represent Cristiano Ronaldo with respect to the recent civil complaint arising from events alleged to have occurred in 2009, all of which were the subject of a mutual release between the parties in 2010.
“Given the breach of that agreement by the other side and the inflammatory accusations that have been lodged in the ensuing days as a result, Mr Ronaldo feels compelled to no longer stand silent and in fact, is entitled under that agreement to respond proportionately in kind.
“To be clear, Mr Ronaldo vehemently denies all of the allegations in the complaint and has consistently maintained that denial for the last nine years.
“The documents which purportedly contain statements by Mr Ronaldo and have been reported in the media are complete fabrications. It is my understanding that in 2015, dozens of entities [including law firms] across many different industries throughout Europe were hacked and their electronic data was stolen and captured by a cyber criminal.
“This hacker attempted to sell this data, and one media outlet has now irresponsibly published the stolen documents, significant portions of which were altered and/or completely fabricated. To absolve any doubt, Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in 2009 in Las Vegas was consensual in nature.
“While Mr Ronaldo does not deny the existence of the mutual agreement and release, his motivations for agreeing to that resolution have been twisted to say the least.
“Far from any admission of guilt or any ulterior motive, Mr Ronaldo was advised to privately resolve the allegations against him in order to avoid the inevitable attempts that are now being made to destroy a reputation that has been built upon hard work, athleticism and honour.
“Unfortunately, he now finds himself embroiled in the type of litigation that is all too commonplace in America.”
Christiansen went on to emphasize his client’s innocence while again strongly criticising the reporting of the allegations facing the Portugal captain.
“While Mr Ronaldo is accustomed to being the subject of press attention that goes along with being famous, it is absolutely deplorable that any media outlet would support or advance such an elaborate and deliberate defamation campaign based on stolen, easily manipulated digital documents,” the statement continued.
“Mr Ronaldo will leave future discussion of any and all legal matters to his attorneys here [in Las Vegas] and in Europe. He is confident that the truth will survive this frenzy and the laws of Nevada will be upheld and enforced.”
Ronaldo did not join up with the Portuguese national team and head coach Fernando Santos has come out to communicate the national team captain’s decision to remain absent for the rest of the team’s games this year.