Kathryn Mayorga, a teacher from Nevada, came forward in German magazine Der Spiegel on Tuesday with an allegation against the Portugal international. The 34-year-old alleges Ronaldo raped her in a hotel in Las Vegas in 2009 shortly after they met in a nightclub.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?
According to Mayorga, she and a female friend conversed with Ronaldo at the Rain Nightclub in the Palms on the evening of Friday, June 12, 2009. This was the first time that Mayorga had met Ronaldo, who, at the time, was 24 and possessed a reported net worth of about $250 million (his net worth has since grown to about $400 million). Later that evening, Ronaldo invited the two women, along with several others, to his penthouse suite.
Mayorga and the others accepted Ronaldo’s invitation and soon thereafter proceeded to the suite. While in the suite, Ronaldo invited everyone to join him in the balcony’s hot tub. Mayorga declined, explaining to Ronaldo that she lacked a bathing suit. Ronaldo then suggested a solution: Mayorga could borrow athletic shorts and a T-shirt from an adjacent room. Mayorga agreed. The two then entered the room. Ronaldo handed Mayorga the clothing items and recommended that she change in the adjoining bathroom.
It was at this point when Mayorga’s experience in Ronaldo’s suite took an illegal turn, according to her claims. Ronaldo allegedly exposed himself and went on to forcefully sodomize her, while, Mayorga insists, she repeatedly yelled “no, no, no” at him.
After allegedly committing anal rape on Mayorga, Ronaldo permitted her to leave the bedroom and told her that he was sorry. Ronaldo, as Mayorga remembers it, assured her that he normally acts like a gentleman, but that in this instance he had failed to live up to that standard.
Hours later, Mayorga was hospitalized for trauma from a sexual assault. Her complaint contends that the medical exam included photographic evidence confirming Mayorga’s sodomization and anal contusions. Mayorga says that a nurse at the hospital curiously discouraged her from implicating Ronaldo to the authorities.
Weeks later Mayorga was interviewed by a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department police detective who, like the nurse, aggressively discouraged her from publicly implicating Ronaldo. The detective’s warning occurred even after Mayorga had explained that she was certain the assailant was Ronaldo and was certain that she never consented. Mayorga recalls the detective advising her that she would only feel further humiliation by drawing attention to the incident.
Weeks later Mayorga was interviewed by a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department police detective who, like the nurse, aggressively discouraged her from publicly implicating Ronaldo. The detective’s warning occurred even after Mayorga had explained that she was certain the assailant was Ronaldo and was certain that she never consented. Mayorga recalls the detective advising her that she would only feel further humiliation by drawing attention to the incident. The public and media, the detective explained, would depict her as a woman who consented to sexual intercourse with Ronaldo and then, because of his wealth and fame, tried to extort him. Mayorga claims that neither the detective nor anyone else from the police department ever contacted her again.
Per Mayorga, the specialists informed Ronaldo that she had suffered a severe psychological injury and was deeply terrified about the prospect of retaliation by Ronaldo or persons acting on his behalf. The specialists also had a confidential source at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. This source relayed that supervising officers regarded the incident as more akin to harassment than to assault. The source added that the police department would be willing to close the investigative file if Ronaldo worked out a financial settlement with Mayorga.
Eventually, Mary S. negotiated a settlement worth $375,000 and Mayorga signed it. The agreement required Mayorga to permanently delete any electronic and written evidence, to name every person with whom she had confided about the incident and to never discuss anything that took place in Ronaldo’s suite. If Mayorga violated any of the terms of the agreement, she would be responsible to pay Ronaldo financial damages—a potentially sizable penalty given the likely financial impact of sexual assault allegations on Ronaldo’s image.