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Friday, 9 August 2019

PSG's Neymar cleared of rape charges


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An investigation into rape allegations against Brazilian soccer star Neymar has been closed due to a lack of evidence, after a judge accepted prosecutors' recommendations.

Sao Paulo state prosecutors Flavia Merlini and Estefania Paulin announced on Thursday they agreed with a July 30 decision by police not to bring charges in the case.

Judge Ana Paula Vieira de Moraes issued an order closing the case on Thursday night.

Brazilian model Najila Trindade went to Sao Paulo police to accuse Neymar of raping her at a Paris hotel in May.

Neymar stars for Brazil

No complaint was filed with French police.

Neymar, who denied the accusation and said their relations were consensual, was comforted by the judge's decision.

"If I'm being honest, I can't say I'm happy, more relieved. This scar will remind me that human beings can do good things, but also the worst," Neymar wrote in a message posted on Instagram.

Neymar is currently in France, where he plays for Paris Saint-Germain.

"We decided in favour of the closing of the case because there is no sufficient evidence," Merlini said at a news conference.

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Paulin said Trindade did not produce any of the evidence she claimed she had, including a video that allegedly proved the player attacked her.

"The police investigator asked her to plug her phone to a computer so she could see the video, but she (Trindade) didn't want to do that. She also refused to hand over her phone, and later she said it had been stolen," Paulin said.

The prosecutor said Trindade's only injury was to a finger.

"The medical report of a private doctor introduced by the victim did not show an injury that proved she was raped," Paulin said.

"The slaps and the redness (on Trindade's skin) happened for the satisfaction of both parties."

Representatives for Trindade did not respond to a request for comment.

Sao Paulo police are still investigating whether Trindade falsely reported a rape.

Police interviewed Trindade three times about her claims. Twelve other people were also questioned. Neymar himself was heard for about five hours in mid-June.

Neymar, meanwhile, is still under investigation in a cybercrime case connected to Trindade's allegations.

After she made the allegations, he posted images and messages of the accuser without her authorisation on his social media channels, in possible violation of her online privacy.

The player, who also testified in that investigation in Rio de Janeiro, said the images were posted by his press team.

An investigation into rape allegations against Brazilian soccer star Neymar has been closed due to a lack of evidence, after a judge accepted prosecutors' recommendations.

Sao Paulo state prosecutors Flavia Merlini and Estefania Paulin announced on Thursday they agreed with a July 30 decision by police not to bring charges in the case.

Judge Ana Paula Vieira de Moraes issued an order closing the case on Thursday night.

Brazilian model Najila Trindade went to Sao Paulo police to accuse Neymar of raping her at a Paris hotel in May.

Neymar stars for Brazil

No complaint was filed with French police.

Neymar, who denied the accusation and said their relations were consensual, was comforted by the judge's decision.

"If I'm being honest, I can't say I'm happy, more relieved. This scar will remind me that human beings can do good things, but also the worst," Neymar wrote in a message posted on Instagram.

Neymar is currently in France, where he plays for Paris Saint-Germain.

"We decided in favour of the closing of the case because there is no sufficient evidence," Merlini said at a news conference.

Neymar

Paulin said Trindade did not produce any of the evidence she claimed she had, including a video that allegedly proved the player attacked her.

"The police investigator asked her to plug her phone to a computer so she could see the video, but she (Trindade) didn't want to do that. She also refused to hand over her phone, and later she said it had been stolen," Paulin said.

The prosecutor said Trindade's only injury was to a finger.

"The medical report of a private doctor introduced by the victim did not show an injury that proved she was raped," Paulin said.

"The slaps and the redness (on Trindade's skin) happened for the satisfaction of both parties."

Representatives for Trindade did not respond to a request for comment.

Sao Paulo police are still investigating whether Trindade falsely reported a rape.

Police interviewed Trindade three times about her claims. Twelve other people were also questioned. Neymar himself was heard for about five hours in mid-June.

Neymar, meanwhile, is still under investigation in a cybercrime case connected to Trindade's allegations.

After she made the allegations, he posted images and messages of the accuser without her authorisation on his social media channels, in possible violation of her online privacy.

The player, who also testified in that investigation in Rio de Janeiro, said the images were posted by his press team.

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