LISBON - Cristiano Ronaldo insisted again on Wednesday (Oct 10) that he did not rape a woman he met in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and that their sexual encounter was "completely consensual", said his lawyer.
"Ronaldo is forced to break his silence," said the Juventus and Portuguese star's lawyer Peter Christiansen in a statement released through Gestifute, the company which manages the player's affairs.
"Once again, for the avoidance of doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo's position has always been, and continues to be, that what happened in 2009 in Las Vegas was completely consensual."
Police in Las Vegas announced last week that they were reopening an investigation into allegations made by a former model, Kathryn Mayorga, relating to an incident in 2009.
Ronaldo has vehemently denied the rape accusations.
"I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me," the 33-year-old said in a statement.
"Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in."
Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes off his jersey at the end of the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Napoli on Sept 29, 2018 at the Juventus stadium in Turin.