Ronaldo rape accuser ‘suffering PTSD and depression’



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A lawyer for the woman who has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of raping her says she has suffered post-traumatic stress and depression ever since the alleged attack nine years ago.

Kathryn Mayorga has filed a lawsuit against the football superstar and police in Las Vegas have reopened their investigation.

Ronaldo has denied the accusations, describing rape as an "abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in".

Ms Mayorga's lawyer, Leslie Stovall, told a news conference that the 34-year-old teacher wants to avoid the cameras because of her emotional state. She is reported to have left the US.

"She wants justice," he said, adding: "It is very personal to her, it is very difficult."

Leslie Stovall said his client had had a difficult time over the last nine years

Leslie Stovall said his client had had a difficult time over the last nine years
"This is an individual who suffers from major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"She has a lot of problems attributable to the 2009 sexual assault and it's been very difficult for her over the last eight or nine years.

"In dealing with Ms Mayorga and her family we have been particularly careful and mindful of her emotional state."

Mr Stovall said his client had been encouraged by the #MeToo movement.

"The women who stood up and disclosed sexual assaults publicly have given Kathryn courage," he said.

Sky News