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Neymar denies rape accusation

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Neymar denies rape accusation

Neymar denies rape accusation

Brazil soccer star Neymar released a video on Sunday in which he denied an accusation of rape made by an unnamed woman, who alleged that the sports star drunkenly assaulted her at an upmarket hotel in Paris last month.

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Brazil soccer star Neymar released a video on Sunday in which he denied an accusation of rape made by an unnamed woman, who alleged that the sports star drunkenly assaulted her at an up-market hotel in the French capital.

Sao Paulo state's public security ministry released a statement confirming the accusation had been made, and said the investigation was still sealed, without giving further details.

The police report was obtained by several news organizations including Reuters.

Neymar posted a video on his Instagram page on Sunday, in which he denied all the accusations against him, claimed to be a victim of extortion, lamented the pain caused to him and his family, and shared WhatsApp messages with the alleged victim, including racy photos she sent him.

His representatives directed Reuters to their official statement, accusing a Sao Paulo lawyer purportedly representing the victim of trying to extort the soccer star.

Reuters was unable to determine the identity of the lawyer or to seek comment on the extortion allegation.

"Faced with this unfortunate, illegal and outrageous event, we completely repudiate the unjust accusations and, above all, the exposure in the press of an extremely negative situation," the statement said.

"All evidence of attempted extortion and non-rape shall be submitted to police in a timely manner." Neymar's father, Neymar Sr., said earlier in a local TV interview that his son needed to move quickly to clean his name or risk the situation snowballing.

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, where he plays for Paris St Germain.

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 rape because she was "emotionally shaken and afraid to register the facts in another country," according to the report.

Neymar is currently in Brazil, training with the national soccer team ahead of this month's Copa America.



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