Neymar accused of rape: Brazilian footballer facing allegation of sexual assault, according to police report

Neymar’s father has described the allegations as a ‘set-up’ after a woman told Brazilian police that she was sexually assaulted by the PSG footballer in Paris

Jack de Menezes,Mauricio Savarese
Sunday 02 June 2019 00:16
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Paris Saint-Germain footballer Neymar has been accused of rape by a woman, a Brazilian police document has revealed.

According to the report, a woman accused the Brazilian international of having sexual intercourse without her consent in Paris last month, before she flew back to Sao Paulo where she reported the allegation to police.

Neymar has not commented on the allegations, but his father and agent, Neymar dos Santos, has denied the claims and says that it is a “set-up” against the PSG star.

The document obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday says the incident took place on 15 May at 8:20pm in a hotel.

The woman went to police on Friday in Sao Paulo.

Neymar's representatives have not replied to a request for comment, but his father denied any wrongdoing by the player in a television interview.

"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," Neymar dos Santos told TV Band.

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

She told police a representative of the Paris Saint-Germain player named Gallo allegedly bought her tickets to Paris and booked her a room at the Hotel Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triomphe. She said Neymar arrived apparently drunk at the hotel.

The Sofitel hotel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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.

Neymar has been accused of rape by a woman in Sao Paulo

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. Late last month, the country's football federation replaced him as captain for the tournament with his Paris St Germain team 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 his PSG team mates.

Paris Saint-Germain did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Brazil's football federation (CBF) declined to comment.

AP and Reuters

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