Ronaldo denies rape accusation

File: Suspended Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) watches the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Juventus and Young Boys from the tribune, on October 2, 2018 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. 

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LAS VEGAS - Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday categorically denied accusations by a former model who says the soccer star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009.

"I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me," tweeted the 33-year-old, who plays for Juventus in Italy's Serie A.

"Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in."

 

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"My clear conscious (sic) will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations," he added.

On Monday, Ronaldo said in a Tweet that was later deleted that the allegations were "fake news."

Police said on Monday they had reopened an investigation into the matter.