Brazilian football star Neymar has denied an accusation that he raped a woman in Paris.
According to a police report filed in São Paulo, the woman alleges that the attack took place in a hotel in the French capital, where Neymar plays for Paris St-Germain (PSG).
Neymar sought to prove his innocence by posting what he says is an exchange of Whatsapp messages between the pair.
He also took to his Instagram page and posted a video stating his innocence. He said, “I’m being accused of rape. Yes, it is a heavy word, a very strong thing.”
“What happened was totally the opposite of what they are talking and saying,” he said. “I’m very upset at this moment.”
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 May 15, staying at the Hotel Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triomphe.
“The victim states that on that day, Neymar showed up at the hotel” about 8 p.m., “apparently drunk,” according to the police report. The two talked and began to “exchange a few ‘cuddles’, however, at a certain point, Neymar became aggressive and violently engaged in sexual intercourse against the will of the victim,” the report said.
The woman left Paris on May 17 and waited to file a report in Brazil because she “was quite emotionally shaken and scared of registering the facts in another country,” the police report said.
In the video, an emotional Neymar contended that his encounter with the accuser was “a relationship between a man and woman, within four walls, something that happens with every couple,” but also that he had been set up. “It was a trap, and I ended up falling for it.”
Neymar ended the video showing flirty and at times explicitly sexual texts and intimate photos that he said were exchanges with his accuser. The exchanges began in March, according to the time stamp on the texts.
Neymar is currently in Brazil, training with the national football team 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.