Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he felt “embarrassed” as he tried to shield his family from allegations he raped a woman in the United States.
Ronaldo was accused of sexually assaulting Kathryn Mayorga in a Las Vegas hotel in June 2009. The Portugal forward, a five-time Champions League winner, strongly denied the claims and the investigation was originally closed 10 years ago. It reopened in August 2018, shortly before Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in September and offered details she initially withheld.
“They play with your dignity,” Ronaldo told ´Good Morning Britain´ in an interview with Piers Morgan that will air on Tuesday. “It´s hard. You have a girlfriend, you have a family, you have kids. When they play with your honesty, it´s bad, it´s hard.
“I remember one day I was at home in the living room with my girlfriend watching the television to see the news and they speak about ´Cristiano Ronaldo this and that.´ “I listened to my kids coming down the stairs and I changed the channel because I was embarrassed.
“I just changed the channel for Cristiano Jr not to see that they speak bad about his father about a very bad case.”
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27 September, 2019