Neymar testifies about posting accuser's photos

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 07, 2019 08:05 AM
Neymar testifies about posting accuser's photos
FILE - Brazil's soccer player Neymar takes part in a practice session at the Granja Comary training center ahead the Copa America tournament in Teresopolis, Brazil, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa

By Mauricio Saverese, Associated Press

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Soccer star Neymar went to the Rio de Janeiro police headquarters Thursday evening in an investigation linked to a woman's rape allegation against him.

The Brazilian soccer confederation reported earlier that Neymar had received a subpoena to speak with authorities about his posting on social media of images and messages of the accuser without her authorization in possible violation of her online privacy. The player showed up one day in advance shortly after 7 p.m. local time.

The rape case is being investigated separately in Sao Paulo, where the woman filed a formal complaint with police Friday alleging that Neymar raped her in a Paris hotel room May 15. A doctor gave a statement to Sao Paulo police Thursday about a medical examination he gave the accuser.

Neymar denies any wrongdoing. After word of the woman's allegation became known, the player shared social media posts meant to show that the accuser had sent friendly him messages following the alleged rape.

Neymar departed from the Brazil national team's hotel in the capital of Brasilia on Thursday and boarded a jet shortly afterward. He left the squad because after injuring his right ankle in a friendly match against Qatar on Wednesday held as a warmup for the Copa America soccer tournament.

The accuser, Najila Trindade, a 26-year-old model, made her first public comments about her charge this week, telling two Brazilian television stations that Neymar raped her and engaged in "aggression," or physical violence.

The Associated Press doesn't name alleged sexual assault victims unless they make their identities public, which Trindade did in the TV interviews.

She told the SBT channel that Neymar became aggressive after she refused to have unprotected sex with him. She said the player had sexual intercourse with her despite her refusal and hit her repeatedly.

"I said: 'Stop it, stop it, stop it.' He did not communicate, he just acted," Trindade said.

Meanwhile, a video emerged on social media Thursday night that appears to show Neymar and his accuser in a physical altercation. It is unclear how or when the video was made, and the AP has no way of verifying it.

Neymar da Silva Santos, Neymar's father and agent, said the new video is evidence that his son was set up by Trindade.

Trindade denied that during her TV appearances. "I wouldn't expose myself this way to take money from Neymar. There is no logic, there is no sense," she told one interviewer.

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Associated Press photographer Eraldo Peres contributed to this report.

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