Juventus striker, Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to be invited by the Police for questioning over his rape allegations as detectives prepare to bring new methods to their investigation.
The Las Vegas police have refused to reveal more details since after they had re-opened the case, but a US detective who has handled 1,200 sexual assault cases said he had no doubt the force would want to question Ronaldo over 34-year-old Kathryn Mayorga’s claims, at a time when the #MeToo movement has triggered the re-opening of hundreds of historic allegations.
According to the report by Daily Mail, Ronaldo’s alleged victim may be asked to undertake a new form of psychological assessment, designed to trigger memories of the night in June 2009 when she was with the footballer.
The American detectives are reportedly finding increasing success in focusing on what they call ‘neurobiological trauma’, which allows those who allege sexual assault to recall details years later.
Ronaldo has repeatedly denied the rape allegations against him, but the court documents, first published by Der Spiegel, show that Ronaldo’s lawyers paid Ms. Mayorga, a teacher, $375,000 (£228,000) to maintain her silence on what happened in a bathroom at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
It is understood that Ronaldo maintains any sexual encounter between him and Mayorga was entirely consensual.