Why Has the World Gone Easy on Cristiano Ronaldo?



Posted by Ed 5 mths ago
The soccer superstar is under investigation in the U.S. for an alleged rape, but the case has been largely met with silence.

On the last Saturday in November, Cristiano Ronaldo took the field with a streak of red lipstick smeared across his cheek. This was no fashion statement. The Portuguese soccer star, who joined the Italian juggernaut Juventus on a $340 million deal in July, was lending his international celebrity to a league-wide campaign to curb domestic violence.

The gesture earned Ronaldo easy praise in Italy. After the game, the newspaper Tuttosport ran a front-page photograph of his face, the caption alluding to the campaign’s motto: “A red card to violence.” What the newspaper failed to mention was that two months earlier, Ronaldo had been accused of rape.

In late September, an American woman named Kathryn Mayorga told the German magazine Der Spiegel that Ronaldo had anally raped her during a 2009 party in a Las Vegas hotel room. After the assault, she explained, she had accepted hush money from him and tried to move on with her life. But this year, inspired by the #MeToo movement, she decided to speak out. The Las Vegas police department has reopened its investigation into the allegation, which Ronaldo has repeatedly denied.



Ed 5 mths ago
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Ed 4 mths ago
Cristiano Ronaldo branded ‘psychopath’ by model Jasmine Lennard, who pledges help to rape accuser

English model Jasmine Lennard has branded Cristiano Ronaldo “a psychopath,” threatening to release what she claims are explosive revelations about the football star and vowing to help the US woman who has accused him of rape.

Lennard, 33, has previously said she enjoyed a fling with the Portugal ace 10 years ago – and claims the pair have been in touch since then.


Ed 4 mths ago
Ronaldo Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud In Madrid, Accepts $21 Million Fine, 23-Month Jail Sentence

Cristiano Ronaldo's yearslong tax evasion saga finally came to an end on Tuesday when the football superstar cut a deal with a Madrid court over tax evasion charges, accepting an €18.8 million ($21.32 million) fine.

After a judge refused Ronaldo's request to appear via video conference, he was greeted by a large media presence outside the court. Unfazed, he arrived with a wide grin on his face, even giving the "thumbs up" to the cameras.

The deal also includes a 23-month jail sentence for Ronaldo. But fortunately for the Juventus star, in Spain, convicts do not usually do time for sentences under two years. The non-violent nature of Ronaldo's offenses means he is unlikely to spend any time at all in jail, and will instead serve 23 months of probation, according to the BBC.

As part of the deal, Ronaldo acknowledged that he owed €5.7 million euros ($6.5 million) earned from lucrative image-use rights deals. Ronaldo allegedly used shell corporations based offshore to avoid paying taxes. Prosecutors described the tax dodge as a "voluntary and conscious" breach of tax laws, while Ronaldo's lawyer has characterized it as a "mistake" and a "misunderstanding".

Ronaldo's court appearance lasted only a few minutes as he swiftly accepted the prosecutors' deal.

The five-time winner of Europe's Ballon d'Or - often cited as one of the world's best players - was accused of avoiding paying tax in Spain between 2010 and 2014, when he was playing for Real Madrid, and living in Madrid. Forbes has listed Ronaldo as the third-wealthiest athlete in the world. He is estimated to earn some $108 million annually.

Ed 4 mths ago
'Lack of class': Ronaldo stirs anger with wrongly timed photo amid Sala's disappearance

Cristiano Ronaldo has come under fire on social media after posting a smiling selfie taken on a private jet, as an aircraft caring Cardiff City player Emiliano Sala went missing on Monday night.
It is known that Sala was on board of the single-engine aircraft which took off from Nantes in France on Monday and was bound for the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

The flight disappeared from the radars on the same night, with the chances of survival already being described as "unfortunately slim" by the search and rescue groups. "Floating objects" were reportedly being found during the search of the missing light aircraft.

The disappearance of Sala, who was announced as Cardiff's £15 million record signing just last Saturday, has shocked the football world. It appeared that the Portuguese superstar, or at least his PR team, were not aware of the tragic news, as he posted a photo taken on a private jet on his social media profiles.

The awkwardly timed snap was also captioned with a grinning face, an airplane and a thumb up emojis, causing a wave of criticism from football fans.



Ed 4 mths ago
Ronaldo 'asked to submit DNA sample' as part of case into Las Vegas rape allegations

Cristiano Ronaldo has been asked for a DNA sample by police in Las Vegas as they investigate allegations he raped US woman Kathryn Mayorga in the city in 2009.
Police reopened the case last year after Mayorga claimed she had been raped by the footballer in a hotel suite after a night spent partying.

Las Vegas law enforcement have now issued a warrant for Ronaldo's DNA, which they have sent to the authorities in Italy, where the forward plays for Juventus, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Ronaldo firmly denies the claims and is prepared to offer full cooperation, US news outlet TMZ Sports said earlier on Thursday.

The Portuguese star's lawyer, Peter S. Christiansen, issued a statement saying that the warrant for DNA was "a standard request."

"Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation," Christiansen said to the BBC.

The Juventus player has consistently denied any wrongdoing, saying in December that he was “calm” and “very confident that soon everything will be clear."


Ed 4 mths ago
‘She wasn’t there to play cards’: Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother speaks out over rape claims

Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother has publicly backed the Juventus star over the rape claims against him, saying that accuser Kathryn Mayorga “wasn't there to play cards” when she went to the player’s Las Vegas hotel suite in 2009.
Portugal superstar Ronaldo is accused of raping Mayorga in a penthouse at the Palms Casino Resort in June 2009 after a night spent partying, and of later paying her $375,000 in hush money.

The forward, 34, has vehemently rejected the claims, and says that any encounter with Mayorga was consensual.

He was backed by his mother Dolores Aveiro earlier this week at a PR event in Lisbon.

“I have confidence in my son when it comes to what happened,” she said, according to Marca.

“When she went there, it wasn't to play cards. It was to do something. I know the son I have.”


Ed 4 mths ago
Ronaldo lawyers confirm non-disclosure agreement, but say rape claims are ‘fabrications’

Lawyers for Cristiano Ronaldo have confirmed the existence of a non-disclosure agreement with Kathryn Mayorga, who accuses the footballer of sexual assault, but say the allegations of rape are “completely fabricated.”

A statement from lawyer Peter S. Christiansen on behalf of Ronaldo said the Juventus forward "vehemently denies all of the allegations in the complaint and has consistently maintained that denial for the last nine years."


Ed 2 mths ago
Six months after Ronaldo was accused of rape, why is the case in legal limbo?


Ed 2 mths ago
Six months after Ronaldo was accused of rape, why is the case in legal limbo?

ON A WARM October day in Las Vegas, we slip our car into a parking lot wedged between two buildings, then push open the door to the lawyer's office. My colleague, Nicole Noren, and I figure this will be simple. We are in Nevada reporting on the rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo, and we want to meet Ronaldo's attorneys, as well as the lawyers representing Kathryn Mayorga, the woman accusing him.

Normally, this sort of meeting is pretty straightforward for journalists. Lawyers, particularly those who do a lot of personal injury work in places with no shortage of clients like Las Vegas, almost always have a strong perspective on a case and are generally happy to tell you all about it. When those clients are celebrities and the cases are in the public eye, that chattiness -- on the record or on background -- is amped up even more.


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