In an extraordinary statement, Italian club Juventus tweeted on Thursday that rape allegations against star Cristiano Ronaldo
, who joined the Serie A champs in the summer, did not change its
opinion about him.
seriousness of the allegations made by former model Kathryn Mayorga
that the Portuguese star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in June 2009 was evident as Nike, with whom Ronaldo has a lifetime
endorsement contract, and Eletronic Arts issued statements that they are closely monitoring the situation.
a statement to AFP that "We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and
will continue to closely monitor the situation."
EA, through a representative, told
gaming web site Polygon: "We have seen the concerning report that details
allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo. We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Monday confirmed it had reopened an investigation into a 2009 report of a rape of a woman who says her attacker, unnamed at the
time, was Ronaldo.
Mayorga filed a lawsuit against Ronaldo last week to void a nondisclosure agreement for which she was paid $375,000 by Ronaldo to settle her claims. Ronaldo's lawyers
said Mayorga's move was illegal.
Ronaldo, who has not been called up for Portugal's two matches in October, denied the accusations and said his conscience is clear.