Why Is No One Talking About Rape Allegations Against Cristiano Ronaldo?

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Why Is No One Talking About Rape Allegations Against Cristiano Ronaldo?

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ou would not dispute that Cristiano Ronaldo is an adult. But even in 2009, when Ronaldo was at the tender age of 24, he was called “the kid” by his lawyers. He also had to be managed by a bevy of detectives, a crisis management firm, and medical experts, when an accusation of rape came forward. For an incident which Ronaldo dubbed as “fake news”, this was a pretty elaborate and expensive exercise.

But going by the reaction of mainstream media, it was not worth taking seriously. Not until Ronaldo spoke about it, anyway. When Kathryn Mayorga first accused Ronaldo of rape in an interview to Der Spiegel in September 2018, sports journalists chose to hide behind abstract notions of legality. Only once Ronaldo’s denial became public did we see reports in numbers – as if his silence would have been enough to overlook the allegations.

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