Accuser in Cristiano Ronaldo rape claim took 'courage' from #MeToo

The Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. has also reopened the case - though no charges have been brought against the soccer star.

According to Record, Ronaldo recently spoke to Santos and to Portuguese federation president Fernando Gomes, with the three deciding it is best for the Juventus forward not to be included in the squad through November - though it is unclear if his omission is related to the allegations.

Portugal travel to Chorzow to face Poland on October 11 in the UEFA Nations League before taking on Scotland three days later in a friendly in Glasgow.

Cristiano Ronaldo will not take part in Portugal's next four internationals, the national coach Fernando Santos said on Thursday, refusing to give any reasons.

On Wednesday, Ronaldo took to Twitter to "firmly deny" Mayorga's accusations, adding that he will not "feed the media spectacle". "Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in", he wrote.

Santos used the 33-year-old team captain's absence last month to try out younger players.




"My clear conscious [sic] will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations".

Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, accused Ronaldo, in a 32-page lawsuit filed last month with a district court in Nevada, of raping her on June 13, 2009.

Ronaldo is being sued by the woman in the United States, who claims he assaulted her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel.

"Her decision to pursue this matter is important because she is now advocating for herself", Stovall said in Wednesday's press conference.

Larissa Drohobyczer, one of Mayorga's lawyers, told reporters that whistle-blowing website Football Leaks had provided documents that showed correspondence between Ronaldo and his team of fixers around the time of the incident, which they are considering making public. Since then she had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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