Police re-open Ronaldo rape case

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Kathryn Mayorga says she was attacked by the Portuguese footballer in a hotel room in Vegas nine-years ago after the player joined Real Madrid.

However, the  33-year-old has dismissed the claim, first reported in Der Spiegel, as 'fake news'.

His representatives said he would take legal action against the magazine.

Der Spiegel said Ms Mayorga, 34, filed a report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.

In 2010, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,000 (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations.

Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.

Las Vegas police confirmed they had investigated a complaint in June 2009, but added they had no suspect in the case.

"As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided by the victim," a police statement said, as quoted by the BBC.

"This is an ongoing investigation and no further details will be released at this time."

Ronaldo joined Italy's Juventus from Real Madrid for £99.2m ($128m) earlier this year and the Portuguese international is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

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