A Las Vegas woman is reportedly challenging Cristiano Ronaldo over a 2009 legal settlement in which the soccer superstar agreed to pay her $375,000 to keep silent over an alleged sexual assault.
Kathryn Mayorga came forward Friday as the victim of the alleged incident, speaking with German publication Der Spiegel. Claiming that Ronaldo raped her anally at the Palms Place Hotel in Las Vegas, Mayorga is now attempting to void her non-disclosure agreement settlement according to Reuters.
Per Reuters, Ronaldo has denied all of what his lawyers called “blatantly illegal” accusations and reportedly plans to sue Der Spiegel for “an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy.”
At the time of the alleged rape in 2009, Mayorga was reportedly 25 years old and met Ronaldo in the VIP section of a Las Vegas nightclub. At the time, Ronaldo was well in his prime and nearing a massive £80 million transfer to Real Madrid. Mayorga claimed the following happened in a letter written during her legal battle and confirmed them with Der Spiegel on Friday:
In the letter that she wrote to Ronaldo, K. describes what happened later that night of partying. She writes that she gave him her number. That he called her later and invited her to a party. Afterward, they went to his penthouse. When K. arrived together with a girlfriend, she writes that Ronaldo and his friends climbed into the [hot tub]. And that he offered her swimwear. She claims that he followed her as she went to change, and that the two kissed. But K. writes that this wasn’t enough for Ronaldo. She writes that she wanted to go back to the others. She continues that he took her and put her on the bed. That she used both hands as she attempted to protect herself. “I screamed NO NO NO NO NO NOOOO over and over I begged you to stop. I was never so scared in my life,” K. writes in the letter.
After it was over, Ronaldo allegedly turned to her again and supposedly said 99 percent of the time he was a good guy, but that he doesn’t know what happened to that 1 percent. That’s what K. writes in her letter.
Mayorga said she has since faced emotional trauma from the incident, a common occurrence with sexual assaults.
“I’ve had like these serious breakdowns,” she told the magazine. “And again, blaming of the rape. And I blame him, and I blame myself for signing that thing.”
Cristiano Ronaldo through the years
Cristiano Ronaldo through the years
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Sir Alex Ferguson greets Cristiano Ronaldo as the young Portugese player signs for Manchester united at the Carrington Training Ground, Carrington on August 12, 2003 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)
Manchester United's Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (C) warms up during a training session with team-mates at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul December 7, 2004. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson brought a young squad to Istanbul for Manchester United's final group match against Fenerbahce in Champions League. REUTERS/Fatih Saribas FS/ABP
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premiership match between Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford on December 31 2005 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Coleman/Manchester United via Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 06: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal looks on prior to the International friendly match between Brazil and Portugal at the Emirates Stadium on February 6, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo sits dejected (Photo by Tony Marshall - EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney after the final match of the FIFA Club World Cup between Manchester United and Liga de Quito. (Photo by Andrew McGovern/Icon SMI/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his fourth European Golden Shoe in Madrid, on October 13, 2015. Cristiano, who ended the season with 48 goals from 35 appearances, won the Golden Shoe in 2008 while he was at Manchester United, in 2011 with Real Madrid and shared it with Luis Suarez last year. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 31: Cristiano Ronaldo officially launches his CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo underwear line with a private event in Madrid on October 31, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images For CR7)
Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo gets down from a stand after posing for photographers in front a huge banner during the presentation of his men's underwear collection CR7 at Madrid's Cibeles Palace in Madrid, Spain, 31 October 2013. EFE/JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo by Stephen Pond - EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 27: Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk attend the LFP (Professional Football League) Awards Gala 2014 on October 27, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Portugal's striker Cristiano Ronaldo (L) smiles after scoring during the Group G first round 2010 World Cup football match North Korea versus Portugal on June 21, 2010 at Green Point stadium in Cape Town. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 13: FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid, Irina Shayk and his son Cristiano Ronaldo Junior arrive during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2013 at the Kongresshaus on January 13, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Fussball International FIFA Ballon d Or / Weltfussballer 2012
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) (Photo by Pressefoto Ulmer\ullstein bild via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 09: (CHINA OUT) Footballer Christiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Portugal, a new spokesman for MTG, attends MTG commercial activity on July 9, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - JULY 27: (CHINA OUT) Cristiano Ronaldo #7 of Real Madrid warms up prior to the International Champions Cup football match between Inter Milan and Real Madrid at Tianhe Sports Center on July 27, 2015 in Guangzhou, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 30: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid looks on during the International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and AC Milan at Shanghai Stadium on July 30, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo holds his Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball) trophy to the crowd after winning the FIFA World Player of the Year 2013 award, before their Spanish first division soccer match against Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid January 25, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a goal against Malaga during their Spanish first division soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid October 19, 2013. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Football - United States of America v Portugal - FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 - Group G - Arena Amazonia, Manaus, Brazil - 22/6/14 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo gestures Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Matthew Childs Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo poses for photographers on the red carpet at the world premiere of "Ronaldo" at Leicester Square in London, Britain November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during their Spanish First Division soccer match against Malaga at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, September 26, 2015. REUTERS/Juan Medina
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo hold up the winners' trophy as he celebrates with teammates Portugal's forward Ricardo Quaresma (L), Portugal's defender Pepe (C) after beating France 1-0 to clinch the Euro 2016 final football match between France and Portugal at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on July 10, 2016. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal with Coupe Henri Delaunay during the UEFA EURO 2016 final match between Portugal and France on July 10, 2016 at the Stade de France in Paris, France.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 11: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates his side going through to the Semi-Finals of the UEFA Champions League after the UEFA Champions League 2017-18 quarter-finals (2nd leg) match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on 11 April 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)
PORTO, PORTUGAL - AUGUST 31: Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo with Faroe Island midfielder Kaj Bartalsstovu in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Portugal and Faroe Islands at Estadio do Bessa on August 31, 2017 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA JUNE 30, 2018: Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 football match against Uruguay at Fisht Stadium. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)
Mayorga seems to be facing a massive risk over coming out against Ronaldo, as their non-disclosure agreement reportedly contains clauses obliging her to pay back the $375,000 from the settlement as well as any actual damages caused to Ronaldo according to Der Spiegel.
Despite all that, Mayorga said she had multiple reasons to come out against Ronaldo.
Mayorga’s motivation for coming forward with her story now are three-fold. For one, she has been convinced by her lawyer that she can challenge the settlement in court, and she seeks to bring a new suit that would finally give her some semblance of the justice she’s long sought. Secondly, she has felt empowered by the Me Too movement and other women’s bravery in naming and standing up to their assailants in sexual assaults. Thirdly, she wants her case to receive public attention to discover if Ronaldo has ever done this to anyone else. “That question never let me go,” Mayorga toldDer Spiegel.
Mayorga’s new lawyer, Leslie Stovall, has reportedly filed suit in Nevada to void the agreement, claiming that it shouldn’t be legally binding due to the terms allegedly impeding a possible criminal investigation, the settlement failing to take into account Mayorga’s learning disabilities and the mental trauma Mayorga faced after the incident that could have affected her decision-making. He also claims that he has documents implying that Ronaldo violated the agreement by never actually reading Mayorga’s letter as negotiated.