Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of rape by former nightclub worker Kathryn Mayorga but the Portuguese star rules out all claims.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who moved to Italian side from Real Madrid in the summer, has now been defended by his current club.
According to Mayorga, the alleged incident happened in 2009 in the VIP section of Vegas nightclub Rain.
The lady continued claiming that after Ronaldo introduced himself to her and gave her his own phone number, the Portuguese star invited her to his penthouse at the Palms Place Hotel.
Ms Mayorga has admitted that while she was changing into clothes for going his Jacuzzi, the former Manchester United ace walked in and asked her to have sex at the place.
The Nevada born, who has gone into hiding after making the allegation, has insisted that she refused the sexual actions. But the footballer forced himself upon her.
Following the allegations, Ronaldo’s new club has now issued a statement on their official website defending their player.
“Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus,” Juventus Twitter account posted.
“The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.”
Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Stovall, said: “She has decided not to make herself available to the media and stay out of the public because of her emotional state. It is not pleasant for her.”
Ronaldo has come out denying the claim on his Twitter account. The five-time Champions League winner said: “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.”
“Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.”
“My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.”