Plane protest at Old Trafford over Cristiano Ronaldo sex assault claim

Plane protest at Old Trafford over Cristiano Ronaldo sex assault claim.
A banner supporting a woman who accused Cristiano Ronaldo of a sex assault was flown over Old Trafford during Manchester United’s 4-1 victory over Newcastle.

A plane with the banner “Believe Kathryn Mayorga” was flown after the start of the game.

Mayorga said she was assaulted by Ronaldo at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.

Ronaldo has strongly and consistently denied all accusations made against him, calling the story “fake news”.

Las Vegas Police re-investigated the crime in 2018 at the request of the victim but by the following summer had concluded that the claims could not “be proven beyond reasonable doubt”.

Ronaldo, it was ruled, would not face criminal charges.

Mayorga, who has waived her right for anonymity, is now pursuing him for substantial damages through a civil lawsuit in the US.

The Level Up group said they wanted to “remind crowds” of the allegations against him.

Ronaldo marked his return to Old Trafford by scoring twice in the 4-1 victory.

Source: The Athletic 

The Woman Who Accuses Ronaldo of Rape

An American woman claims Cristiano Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas. Years ago, the soccer star paid her to remain silent. Now, the woman is going public for the first time and filing a complaint against Ronaldo. She possesses a document that could be extremely dangerous for him

Kathryn Mayorga

She was supposed to be invisible, damned to silence. Forever. Nobody was to ever learn about that night in Las Vegas back in 2009, especially not her version of events.

She even signed a settlement deal and received a payoff ensuring that she would never give voice to the accusations.

She signed, she says, out of fear for herself and her family. And out of impotence, the inability to stand up to him. And out of the hope that she could finally put the incident behind her. But, says Kathryn Mayorga, she was never able to close that chapter.

The American is a slender 34-year-old with long, dark hair and green eyes. Until recently, she worked at an elementary school. But she quit, she says, “because I need all my strength now.”

She needs the strength to stand up to the man who she accuses of having raped her nine years ago — accusations that he denies.

The man isn’t just anybody. It is Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the best soccer player in the world, with vast amounts of success, money and adoration from the fans. An anonymous woman versus Ronaldo — the discrepancy could hardly be greater.

They met on June 12, 2009 in a Las Vegas nightclub. Ronaldo was there on vacation with his brother-in-law and cousin. It was the summer when the star, then 24, would transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid for a then-record sum of 94 million euros.

Kathryn Mayorga, 25 at the time, was a budding model and one of her jobs was to hang out with other young, beautiful women in front of bars to lure in guests.

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