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”.
Ronaldo previously dismissed the claim, first reported in Germany’s Der Spiegel, as “fake news” and his representatives said he would take legal action against the magazine.
Der Spiegel said Mayorga, 34, filed a report with 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 go public with the allegations.
Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen says his client’s position continues to be that “what happened in 2009 in Las Vegas was completely consensual”.
Christiansen says Ronaldo does not deny that he agreed to enter into an agreement, but “the reasons that led him to do so are at least to be distorted”.
More to follow.
Source BBC News