London – Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus star accused of rape in 2009 before US justice decides not to prosecute him for lack of evidence, admitted he felt "bad" because his "dignity" and his "honesty" had been questioned.
"They played with my dignity. It's hard. I have a companion, a family, children. When your honesty is questioned it hurts", said CR7 in an interview with Piers Morgan on the show"Good Morning Britain"to air Tuesday.
"I remember that one day, I watched the news on TV with my girlfriend in our living room, and where they spoke about + Cristiano Ronaldo, this, that +. As soon as I heard my children go down the stairs, I changed channels because I was in trouble. I did not want Cristiano Jr to see and hear criticism of his father in a bad deal", added the 2016 European Champion with Portugal.
Former American model Kathryn Mayorga, 35, accused the five-time Golden Ball of having raped her in 2009 in a hotel room in Las Vegas. The former star of Manchester United and Real Madrid has always denied these allegations.
On June 13, 2009, the complainant called the Las Vegas police to report a rape but refused to identify her attacker. The file was then closed. In 2010, she had a civil agreement with Cristiano Ronaldo on this subject. In August 2018, she had re-contacted the Las Vegas police requesting the reopening of her file and had accused the footballer for the first time.
On July 22, the US court decided to close the case by explaining that "based on available information"these"charges can not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt".