Cristiano Ronaldo accused of Sexual Assault


Maddux Hagy

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Cristiano Ronaldo is facing possible prison time if he is convicted of an alleged attack that took place almost a decade ago.

Ronaldo is a professional soccer player who plays for the Juventus Football Club in Turin, Piedmont.

The attorney representing the woman said the alleged rape was reported June 13, 2009, and took place at a suite inside the Palms Hotel and Casino. She claimed in the lawsuit that Ronaldo entered the bathroom and pulled her into it, and that’s where the assault took place.

Wednesday October 3rd, Ronaldo stated, “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me, rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.”

When asked about Ronaldo as a person, Connor Kalthoff  Senior Captain at Sartell High School stated, “I think he’s a good person and a good soccer player, and I think he gives a lot back to the community.”

Connor also commented on if his thoughts would change depending on the outcome of the case, and he stated, “ Right now you can’t really change your opinion because you don’t know the whole story, but if he were convicted it would definitely change my thoughts on him as a person.”

On the heels of the allegations, Ronaldo has been left off the roster for Portugal’s national team ahead of two upcoming games: a meeting with Poland in the UEFA Nations League on Oct. 11 and a friendly match against Scotland on Oct. 14.

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