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Brazil soccer star Neymar posts video denying alleged rape in Paris

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Published on June 2, 2019 - Duration: 01:05s

Brazil soccer star Neymar posts video denying alleged rape in Paris

Neymar takes to social media to deny accusations he raped a woman in a Paris hotel.

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Brazil soccer star Neymar posts video denying alleged rape in Paris

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(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN SOCCER PLAYER, NEYMAR JR., SAYING: (APPROXIMATE TRANSLATION) "Well, I'm being accused of rape.

A heavy word.

Something very strong.

But, that's what is happening right now.

And, I was surprised.

It was really bad, really sad to hear that, because anyone who knows me, knows my character and my nature, knows that I would never do such a thing.

But, I was exposed to this and I'm here to show my face because I know that any news that comes out with my name involves a lot of things and comes with a lot of noise and everyone wants me to make a statement.

And, what happened was totally the opposite of what is being said, what they say.

I'm really upset right now." STORY: Brazil soccer star Neymar released a video on Sunday (June 2) in which he denied an accusation of rape made by an unnamed woman, who alleged that the sports star drunkenly assaulted her at an up-market hotel in the French capital.

Sao Paulo state's public security ministry released a statement confirming the accusation had been made, and said the investigation was still sealed, without giving further details.

The police report was obtained by several news organisations including Reuters.

Neymar posted a video on his Instagram page on Sunday, in which he denied all the accusations against him, claimed to be a victim of extortion, lamented the pain caused to him and his family, and shared WhatsApp messages with the alleged victim, including racy photos she sent him.

His representatives directed Reuters to their official statement, accusing a Sao Paulo lawyer purportedly representing the victim of trying to extort the soccer star.

Reuters was unable to determine the identity of the lawyer or to seek comment on the extortion allegation.

"Faced with this unfortunate, illegal and outrageous event, we completely repudiate the unjust accusations and, above all, the exposure in the press of an extremely negative situation," the statement said.

"All evidence of attempted extortion and non-rape shall be submitted to police in a timely manner." Neymar's father, Neymar Sr., said earlier in a local TV interview that his son needed to move quickly to clean his name or risk the situation snowballing.

According to the police report, the unnamed woman told investigators in Sao Paulo that she met Neymar on Instagram and he suggested they meet in Paris, where he plays for Paris St Germain.

Neymar's assistant sent her plane tickets and on May 15 she checked in to the Hotel Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triomphe, according to her account.

The woman told police that Neymar arrived at the hotel that night "apparently drunk," and that they talked and "caressed." "However, at some point, Neymar became aggressive, and through violence, practiced sexual intercourse against the will of the victim," the police report says.

The woman told police she returned home to Brazil two days later without telling French police about the alleged rape because she was "emotionally shaken and afraid to register the facts in another country," according to the report.

Neymar is currently in Brazil, training with the national soccer team ahead of this month's Copa America.

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