Accuser of Brazil's soccer star Neymar appears in TV interview: 'I was the victim of rape'

Associated Press

Published 10:28 p.m. ET June 5, 2019 | Updated 2:10 a.m. ET June 6, 2019

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A woman who has accused Brazilian soccer star Neymar of raping her in a Paris hotel went on television in an interview aired Wednesday to reaffirm her allegation against him in her first public comments on the case.

Talking to Brazilian station SBT, the woman described herself as an “ordinary person who works, studies; I’m a model and a student of interior design who likes sports, training and dancing,” as well as being “a daughter and mother.”

“I was the victim of rape,” she said.

When the interviewer asked if what happened on May 15 was rape or an “aggression” — an apparent reference to what her original lawyers say was the woman’s original complaint — she responded that it was “aggression together with rape.”

Neymar, who has said he had two encounters with the accuser in France, denies any wrongdoing. He is also being investigated by Rio de Janeiro’s cybercrime division for posting on social media images of the woman without her authorization.

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