On Wednesday, Portuguese media outlet Correio da Manhã published a story with the (translated) headline "Real Madrid Forces Ronaldo To Pay Mayorga," referring to the $375,000 out-of-court settlement Cristiano Ronaldo paid to Katherine Mayorga.
Mayorga accused Cristiano Ronaldo of raping her in Las Vegas in 2009, the summer the superstar moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
Today, Real Madrid announced it will be taking legal action against Correio da Manhã "for publishing categorically false information" intended to damage the club's image.
From the club's official statement:
"Real Madrid C. F. can today announce that the club has taken legal action against the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã for publishing categorically false information in an effort to seriously damage the image of this club.
Real Madrid has absolutely no knowledge of any of the information that the newspaper published with regard to the player Cristiano Ronaldo, and therefore the club was unable to take action on a matter of which it had no knowledge.
Real Madrid has demanded total rectification of the situation from the aforementioned newspaper."
Las Vegas police have reopened their investigation into the alleged sexual assault, now that Mayorga and her legal representatives have chosen to be more involved in the proceedings.
Cristiano Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing, calling the allegations a "media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense."