Cristiano Ronaldo has personally addressed the sexual assault allegations levied against him with a post on social media “firmly” denying the accusations.
Ronaldo was publicly accused by 34-year-old American Kathryn Mayorga of sexual assault in Las Vegas during a 2009 stay.
Mayorga has filed a civil complaint in Las Vegas court, and Las Vegas police confirmed they were reopening a case from that date but did not officially name any parties involved.
In his denial, Ronaldo says that “rape is an abominable crime” and that it “goes against everything that I am and believe in.”
Ronaldo first addressed the accusations in an Instagram video on Sunday, calling them “fake news.”
Previously, Ronaldo’s lawyers had addressed the accusations, initially threatening to sue German media outlet Der Spiegel for publishing the accusations, calling the report “blatantly illegal.”
Mayorga’s civil suit is seeking $200,000 in damages, arguing that she was pressured into signing a non-disclosure agreement regarding the incident, which her lawyers claim is void.
Mayorga’s lawyers are set to hold a press conference in Las Vegas at 6 p.m. ET to discuss the case.