NEWS
02/06/2019 10:15 BST

Brazilian Football Star Neymar Denies Rape Allegations

The 27-year-old stands accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Paris hotel.

L'Express.fr
A woman said that Neymar had drunkenly assaulted her this month at Paris hotel where he plays for the Paris St Germain club.

Brazilian footballer Neymar has denied allegations of raping a woman in a hotel in Paris last month, according to a police document.

The 27-year-old claims that he had been the victim of an extortion attempt by a lawyer claiming to represent the woman, who alleges that the Paris St Germain player drunkenly assaulted her.

A statement issued by Neymar’s management on his website said the forward completely denied the allegations.

“Although he was surprised by the news, the facts were already known to the player and his staff, considering that a few days ago he was the victim of an attempted extortion, practiced by a lawyer from Sao Paulo who said he represented the interests of the alleged victim,” read the statement.

“The player’s lawyers were immediately notified and have since taken all appropriate steps. We completely repudiate the unjust accusations and, above all, the exposure in the press of an extremely negative situation.

“All evidence of attempted extortion and non-rape will be submitted to the police authorities in a timely manner.”

According to the police report, the unnamed woman told investigators in Sao Paulo that she met Neymar on Instagram and he suggested they meet in Paris.

Neymar’s assistant sent her plane tickets and on May 15 she checked in to the Hotel Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triomphe, according to her account.

The woman told police that Neymar arrived at the hotel that night ‘apparently drunk’ and that they talked and ‘caressed’.

“However, at some point, Neymar became aggressive, and through violence, practiced sexual intercourse against the will of the victim,” the police report says.

The woman told police she returned home to Brazil two days later without telling French police about the alleged incident because she was “emotionally shaken and afraid to register the facts in another country,” according to the report.

Neymar’s father, also his agent, told local TV in Brazil the accusations were a trap and that his son would publish social media conversations with his accuser, if necessary.

The player is currently in Brazil, training with the national football team ahead of this month’s Copa America.

Late last month, the country’s football federation replaced him as captain for the tournament with his club mate Dani Alves.

Earlier in May, Neymar was banned for three matches by the French football authorities for hitting a fan after PSG’s French Cup final loss to Rennes, and was also reportedly involved in a dressing room fracas with team mates.