Cristiano Ronaldo has denied raping an American woman, saying his conscience is clear.
The Portuguese footballer tweeted a denial after Kathryn Mayorga claimed last week that he raped her in June 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room.
In his first direct denial of the accusations, he said: “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.
“My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.”
Der Spiegel reported that the footballer and the 34-year-old reached an out-of-court agreement which involved her remaining silent about the alleged rape and him paying her $375,000 (£275,000).
The denial comes three days after he answered a fan’s questions on an Instagram Live video about the claim.
He said: “No, no, no, no, no – what they said today [is] fake, fake news.
“They wanna promote by my name, it’s normal.
“They wanna be famous to say my name, yeah, but it’s part of the job.