What are the Cristiano Ronaldo rape claims, what happened at the Palms Hotel Las Vegas and what has his girlfriend said?

The Portuguese striker, 34, was quick to dismiss claims made by Kathryn Mayorga, 34, that he attacked her at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.

What are the rape claims?

American model Mayorga claims the £100million Juventus star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room when she was 25 and working in Rain nightclub inside the Palms Casino Resort.

She alleges that Ronaldo agreed to pay her £287,000 to stop her pursuing criminal charges – which could have seen him jailed for life – and gagged her from going public.

But her lawyers are now trying to overturn that settlement.

Mayorga has now spoken out for the first time.

Court documents lodged by her lawyers state Mayorga refused Ronaldo’s advances whilst screaming: “No, no, no”.

Ronaldo strongly denies the claims and has called them “fake news” – he claims the sex was consensual.

Police in America have now reopened the investigation into the claims.

A statement said: "The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department responded to a call of sexual assault on June 13, 2009. At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description. A medical exam was conducted.

"As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided by the victim. This is an on-going investigation and no further details will be released at this time."

What happened at the Palms Hotel Las Vegas?

Ronaldo, then 24, was in Las Vegas on holiday with his brother-in-law and cousin.

Mayorga says she met Ronaldo in the venue’s VIP area before he invited her and a friend to his penthouse suite – room 57306 at the Palms – “to enjoy the view of the Las Vegas Strip” in the early hours of June 13, 2009.

The luxurious suite featured a jacuzzi on the balcony.

Ms Mayorga claims she refused to get into the hot tub because she did not want to ruin her dress.

She said Ronaldo offered her some clothes to wear and told her to change in a bathroom.

The court papers claim that while she was changing Ronaldo walked in and exposed himself before asking her to perform a sex act.

Ms Mayorga says she then kissed him after refusing to engage in the sex act on the condition that he would let her go.

According to Ms Mayorga, after he pulled her into the bedroom and raped her, Ronaldo told her he was a “good guy” except for the “one per cent”.

What has Ronaldo’s girlfriend said?

Georgina Rodriguez, 23, posted a statement on Instagram saying the former Manchester United hero was “always able to transform the obstacles” put in his way.

She shared a picture of herself appearing to watch a Juventus match while wearing a mini skirt and black heels.

She wrote: “You always transform the obstacles that are put in your way into impulse and strength to show how great you are.

“Thank you for making us enjoy each game.

"Always more and better. I love you @cristiano.”

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