Football star Cristiano Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing after being accused by a woman of raping her in Las Vegas in 2009.
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in,” the Portugal and Juventus forward wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
“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.
“My clear conscious [sic] will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.”
Widespread media reports say police in Las Vegas have reopened an investigation into a rape allegation from 2009.
Kathryn Mayorga gave an interview to Germany’s Spiegel magazine last week saying she had decided to go public with her allegation in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Ronaldo, 33, is one of the most famous and marketable sports personalities in the world.
The part-time model has been named world player of the year five times. He helped lift the Champions League trophy, European football’s top club prize, once with Manchester United and four times with Real Madrid.
His Portugal side also won the European Championship in 2016.
He moved from Madrid to Italian side Juventus for around 100 million euros (115 million dollars) in July.