Las Vegas police opened investigation into rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo could be facing a difficult winter.

Der Spiegel reports that following the civil complaint filed on behalf of Kathryn Mayorga with the district attorney’s office in the U.S. state of Nevada on September 27, police in Las Vegas have also now opened an investigation into the American woman’s allegations that the Portuguese player raped her in June 2009.

The complaint filed late last week seeks to declare the out-of-court settlement signed by Mayorga and Ronaldo’s legal representatives in 2010 invalid. Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, argues that due to the trauma of the alleged sexual assault, Mayorga was too emotionally instable to be able to participate in the negotiations that led to the out-of-court settlement. Furthermore, he argues that one of the primary aims of the accompanying non-disclosure agreement was to “prevent or delay criminal prosecution” for the alleged assault. Such an intention is not permissible by law.

On Thursday Ronaldo was not selected by the coach of the Portuguese National team, while Nike expressed it was following the case with concern.

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