Brazilian footballer Neymar denies alleged rape in Paris

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SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil soccer star Neymar has denied an accusation of rape by an unnamed woman who alleges that the sports star drunkenly assaulted her at an up-market hotel in the French capital.

The woman alleges the Paris Saint-Germain striker became aggressive and, with violence, had sexual intercourse against her will.

Following the accusation, the player used Instagram to publish a seven-minute video that includes WhatsApp messages he says he exchanged with the accuser.

He suggests the incident is “a set-up” and an attempt of extortion against him.

A Brazilian police document states that an unidentified woman has accused Neymar of raping her in Paris last month.

Africa Tembelea has learnt that the police document says the incident took place on May 15 at 8.20pm in a Paris hotel.

Sao Paulo state’s Public Security Secretariat, which oversees police, confirmed in a statement that the complaint was registered, but did not offer details.

Earlier his father and agent, Neymar da Silva Santos, said his son had consensual sexual relations with the accuser and was blackmailed by her lawyer after they broke up.

“This is a tough moment. If we can’t show the truth quickly, it will be a snowball. If we have to show Neymar’s WhatsApp messages and the conversations with this lady, we will,” Santos told TV Band.

Neymar’s father said he has evidence that his son was blackmailed, including pictures and witnesses, but did not show either in the interview. He also said his son is already preparing his defence for a legal case if needed.

The woman says she and the Brazil star met in France after exchanging Instagram messages.

She told police a representative of the Paris St Germain player named Gallo allegedly bought her tickets to Paris and booked her a hotel room. She said Neymar arrived apparently drunk at the hotel.

The woman described to police that they “touched each other, but in a given moment Neymar became aggressive and, with violence, had sexual intercourse against the victim’s will”.

Read: Neymar accused of raping woman in Paris: reports

The Paris police and the city’s prosecutors’ office said through spokesmen that they were unaware of any complaint.

The police document says the woman will go through medical exams as part of an investigation.

The 27-year-old Brazilian has had problems on and off the pitch.

One week before the accusation of rape became known, he lost Brazil’s national team’s captaincy for the Copa America to veteran Dani Alves.

Coach Tite did not lay out the reasons for the move, but he was under pressure to punish Neymar for his disciplinary problems at Paris St Germain.

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