Neymar refutes rape accusations, releases messages

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Neymar took to Instagram early Sunday morning to refute claims that he raped a woman in France.

The Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward, 27, used a 7-plus minute video to make his case, also including the release of WhatsApp messages and lewd photos from the supposed accuser.

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Neymar’s father rejected the reports late Saturday night, and the player is going even further in a bid to clear his name. He claims the allegations are part of an extortion attempt.

Goal.com translates his words:

“What happened that day was a relationship between a man and a woman, within four walls,” the PSG player claimed. “Something happens with every couple, and the next day nothing happened. We kept chatting, she asked me for a souvenir for her son, and I was going to take it, and well… now I am surprised by these claims. It’s very bad, very sad. This not only hurts me, but like my whole family, because not only denigrating my image is bad, but what I am, who I am, the nature I have, the character I have.”