Paris Saint-Germain football superstar Neymar has denied allegations made against him in a report filed to police in Sao Paulo on Friday, May 31st that accuse the footballer of rape.
Neymar drew more headlines when he posted a video on Instagram early Sunday morning in an attempt to defend himself publicly, and shared private pictures of the unnamed woman without her permission, prompting police to launch an investigation into Neymar, as he could have broken South American laws for the action, according to Goal.com.
Neymar’s father made some controversial comments in an effort to defend his son from the allegations, saying he’d prefer his son committed “an internet crime than rape”.
“We didn’t have a choice [to post the content of the video],” Neymar’s said, according to Brazilian TV channel Band.
“I prefer an internet crime to rape. It was Instagram that took the video down. By Instagram rules, it was normal.
“He censored the images, the name [of the woman]. He needed to defend himself quickly.
“It’s better to be truthful and show what happened. We knew about the blackmail, but did not [expect] her to go to the police.”
Neymar Sr. who also serves as his son’s agent, continued.
The resentment she had was that Neymar didn’t give her the importance she expected and went to train that day [on May 16],” Neymar Sr. stated.
“She wanted him there no matter what. When he went there on the second day, he saw her mobile phone and realized she was recording.
“We knew that it would be important to release the video [on Instagram].”
Neymar Sr. allege that the woman “wanted to assault [his son]”
“He went to the bed, tried to calm her… Neymar himself was calm, left the hotel and gave her the ticket to fly back to Brazil.”
“When we realised that we would go public with this as an extortion, we spoke to our lawyers and received these people to understand what they wanted,” Neymar Sr added, with pictures shown in the TV interview of the alleged lawyer arriving for the meeting.
“When they informed us that they wanted money we refused them. I was reached by a lawyer that said it was [the woman’s] representative.”