Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil superstar Neymar has been accused of rape by an unnamed woman in Brazil, according to police documents in Sao Paulo.
The document, originally obtained by Brazilian media, states that the alleged incident occurred May 15 in Paris, and the woman reported it to Brazilian police on Friday. The date coincides with a break in action for PSG, between Saturday league games. Neymar was newly suspended at the time, sidelined by the French soccer federation for clashing with a fan.
According to the document, the woman allegedly made contact Neymar via Instagram direct messages and Neymar helped get her travel tickets to Paris and a hotel room through his representatives. The two met up at the hotel, and the woman alleges that Neymar was drunk upon arrival. The document states they proceeded to “touch each other, but in a given moment Neymar became aggressive and, with violence, had sexual intercourse against the victim’s will.”
The document states that the women left Paris two days later without filing a complaint because she was distressed and still sorting through her mental state.
Neymar’s father denied the allegations on behalf of his son, calling the accusation a “setup” and telling TV Band as quoted by the Associated Press, “This is a tough moment. If we can’t show the truth quickly it will be a snowball. If we have to show Neymar’s WhatsApp messages and the conversations with this lady, we will.” The AP says Neymar and his representatives have not yet responded to a request for comment.
The accusation comes less than a year after a formal police complaint was filed against Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for sexual misconduct related to an incident that took place in Las Vegas.
Neymar is currently in Brazil preparing for national team duty in the Copa America, set to begin next week. The 27-year-old was recently stripped of his national team captaincy, given to Dani Alves with reports saying the fan incident with PSG affected his national team status. Neymar was also recently suspended for three Champions League matches after posting comments critical of the referee on social media.