Cristiano Ronaldo says rape allegations against him are an “elaborate and deliberate defamation campaign” and he is confident “the truth will survive this frenzy”.
Ronaldo, 33, denies assaulting Kathryn Mayorga at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.
Mayorga says she was attacked by the Portuguese footballer in a hotel room in the US city that year.
A statement from Ronaldo’s lawyer says the Juventus forward “vehemently denies all accusations in this civil action”.
More to follow.