On the day of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford for the Portuguese, there is not only the joy for the double scored
There are not only goals and glory in Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford. The feminist group “Level Up” went into action at the premiere of CR7 in the Theater of Dreams, wanting to remind everyone of the allegations of rape against the Portuguese by the former American model Kathryn Mayorga. The banner “I believe in Kathryn Mayorga” flew over the skies of Manchester during the match between United and Newcastle (which ended with a score of 4-1 with a brace from Ronaldo), taking the stage and the attention of public opinion.
The events date back 12 years ago, when Kathryn Mayorga reported sexual assault by Cristiano Ronaldo in a Las Vegas hotel. The Portuguese champion never denied the sexual intercourse he had with the girl, however denying any accusation of violence of any kind. In 2010, the model had agreed to sign a 300 thousand euro agreement with the player, so as not to take the case to court. Three years ago, however, the former model had returned to the office, arguing that at the time of the agreement she was “mentally unable” to consent to the agreement with clarity. In April, therefore, he had made a claim for damages to the Portuguese for 62 million euros (65 million considering the court costs).
A statement on the Ronaldo case appeared on the association’s official website: “A solidarity commitment: I believe Kathryn Mayorga. I believe Kathryn Mayorga when she says that Cristiano Ronaldo raped her in 2009. I think Ronaldo should be held accountable. I believe in solidarity, not silence. It’s time for football to face the ugly reality of rape. ” The co-director of the group, Janey Starling, said she wanted to send “a message to football that rape charges cannot be expelled from the field”.
11 September – 19:59
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