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Police in Las Vegas have reopened a sexual assault investigation from 2009 upon the request of a woman wjo has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of rape.
Kathryn Mayorga claims the Portuguese player attacked her in an hotel room in the US city that year.
Juventus forward Ronaldo, 33, denied the allegation, first reported in Germany’s Der Spiegel., under their “fake news” headline.
His representatives claimed the news outlet would be sued.
Der Spiegel said Ms Mayorga, 34, reported to the Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.
In 2010, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,000 (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to mention the incident to the public.
Her lawyers are now ready to declare the non-disclosure agreement null.
Las Vegas police confirmed they had looked into a complaint in June 2009, but reiterate there was no suspect in the case.
“At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description,” a statement said.
“As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided,” it added.
Ronaldo joined Italy’s Juventus from Real Madrid for £99.2m ($128m) this past summer transfer window.
The Portuguese international is considered one of the greatest players of all time.