The German news magazine who broke Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegation has come out fighting after the striker’s lawyers saying documents have been ‘fabricated’.
Der Spiegel says it stands by the sources used in its story, saying it has “no reason” to question their authenticity.
The Juventus forward is being sued in the United States by a woman who claims he assaulted her at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.
He denies doing so, and lawyers representing him said on Wednesday in a statement that “documents which purportedly contain statements by Mr Ronaldo are complete fabrications”.
German magazine Der Spiegel has responded to that claim from Nevada attorney Peter S Christiansen with a statement of its own.
Published on spiegel.de, it read: “We have hundreds of documents from different sources that substantiate our reporting.
“We stand by our reporting. We have no reason to believe that those documents are not authentic.
“As always and before publishing every single article in Der Spiegel, we have meticulously fact-checked our information and had it legally reviewed.”