Soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo has been served with a fresh new lawsuit in his ongoing rape case.
Following reports earlier this month that his accuser Kathryn Mayorga had withdrawn her lawsuit from state court in Nevada - it now seems that the withdrawal from state court was just so that her legal team could focus on the lawsuit in federal court. The reason? State court laws were reportedly making it near impossible for her legal team to serve Ronaldo with the court docs, per TMZ Sports.
Mayorga is accusing Ronaldo of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel room back in in 2009. She filed a police report following the incident, and the authorities detained Ronaldo and issued a warrant for his DNA. She later claims that she accepted a payment of $375,000 to keep quiet - but now wants her day in court.
Ronaldo denies the charges against him.
"I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me," Ronaldo said. "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."