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An attorney for Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo released a statement Wednesday claiming documents related to the sexual assault allegation made against his client featured “significant parts” that were either “altered and/or completely fabricated.”
The Independent provided comments from lawyer Peter Christiansen about the documents, which were originally published by German outlet Der Spiegel, related to a lawsuit filed by Kathryn Mayorga, who alleges Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009:
“Cristiano Ronaldo vehemently denies all the accusations in this civil action, in consistency with what he has done in the last 9 years. The documents that allegedly contain statements by Mr. Ronaldo and were reproduced in the media are pure inventions. By 2015, dozens of entities (including law firms) in different parts of Europe were attacked and their electronic data stolen by a cyber criminal.
“This hacker tried to sell such information, and a media outlet irresponsibly ended up publishing some of the stolen documents, significant parts of which were altered and/or completely fabricated. Once again, for the avoidance of doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo’s position has always been, and continues to be, that what happened in 2009 in Las Vegas was completely consensual.”
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