Brazilian football star Neymar da Silva denied rape allegations Sunday, publishing texts and photos which he said proved he was being set up, and his representative claimed he was the victim of an attempted extortion.
According to a Sao Paulo police report dated May 31, the accuser, a resident of Brazil, told police she met Neymar on Instagram, and the two began exchanging messages. Neymar “invited her to meet him in Paris,” then “supplied her with plane tickets and accommodation.”
She told police she arrived in Paris on May 15, staying at the Hotel Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triomphe.
Neymar is in Brazil preparing for the Copa America starting next week. He arrived at the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro 10 days after the alleged incident.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward arrived by helicopter in Teresopolis, Brazil, where he joined the national team in training for the Copa America tournament that starts on June 14 in Brazil, but he made no comment to the news media.
Police agents from the Rio de Janeiro state cyber-crimes unit visited the training ground and the police communications department confirmed by email they would “investigate the supposed disclosure of a video on the part of Neymar.” But it gave no further details.
According to a Brazilian police report obtained Saturday by The Associated Press, the Brazilian woman, who was not identified, told officers the incident took place May 15 at 8:20 p.m. at the Sofitel Paris Arc De Triomphe hotel. The woman went to police in Sao Paulo last Friday.
Sao Paulo state’s Public Security Secretariat, which oversees police, confirmed that the complaint was registered, but said the investigation is confidential.
The woman told police she had exchanged Instagram messages with Neymar, was invited to Paris by one of his representatives and was booked into a hotel. There, she said, they “touched each other, but in a given moment Neymar became aggressive and, with violence, had sexual intercourse” against the victim’s will.
She said she left Paris two days later and said she did not file her complaint in Paris because she was shaken.
Neymar, 27, strongly denied the allegation.
“There was a relationship between a man and a woman between four walls. On the next day nothing happened,” the striker said.
“I hope investigators read the messages and see what happened.”
On Sunday, the Brazilian took to social media to deny the allegation and said he was “really upset” with people knowing his true character.
“I’m being accused of rape,” the Paris Saint-Germain player said in a video published on his Instagram account.
“Yes, it is a heavy word, a very strong thing,” he said in Portuguese.
“What happened was totally the opposite of what they are talking and saying,” Neymar said.
“I’m very upset at this moment”, he said.
Neymar’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. His father, Neymar dos Santos, denied any wrongdoing by the player.
He said in a local TV interview: “If public opinion is not cleared up, and if we can’t show the truth quickly, this will snowball. If we have to show Neymar’s WhatsApp messages and the conversations with this girl, we will, because it is clear that it was a trap.” He added that they were living “difficult moments.”