Lawyers drop Brazil star Neymar’s rape accuser

The lawyers representing the woman who accused Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar of sexually assaulting her, say they have dropped her as a client because her story is inconsistent. (AFP/Franck Fife)
Updated 04 June 2019
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Lawyers drop Brazil star Neymar’s rape accuser

  • The woman's lawyers say her story is inconsistent
  • Neymar denies the allegations that have been made against him

TEERESOPOLIS, Brazil: Lawyers for a woman who accused Brazil star Neymar of rape are no longer representing her because of contradictions in her story, Globo TV reported on Monday.
The Fernandes e Abreu law firm say their client initially told them she had had consensual sex with Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, in a Paris hotel in May and that he then became violent and assaulted her.
But the lawyers said that in the official complaint the women gave to the Brazilian police, the woman “described what had happened as ‘rape’, which is a completely different allegation.”
Neymar posted a seven-minute video on Instagram on Saturday vehemently denying he had raped the woman.
In the video, he showed a string of WhatsApp messages he said he had received from the Brazilian woman. He also named her and showed what he said were photographs of her topless and apparently in his hotel bed.
Police in Rio said Sunday they had launched an investigation into the publication of intimate information on social media concerning the women.
The player’s father has claimed he is the victim of blackmail.
Neymar, who was transferred to PSG from Barcelona for a world-record 222 million euros ($248.5 million) in 2017, is currently in Brazil preparing for the Copa America, which takes place in the country from June 14 to July 7.
His 2018-2019 season with PSG was blighted by injury and he courted controversy by lashing out at a supporter after the club suffered a shock defeat in the French Cup final.


Sri Lanka 244 all out in 1st innings of 2nd test vs New Zealand

Updated 24 August 2019
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Sri Lanka 244 all out in 1st innings of 2nd test vs New Zealand

  • New Zealand batted for two overs and went to lunch on the third day at one run without loss
  • Sri Lanka won the first test by six wickets in Galle and looks to sweep the two-test series

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Dhananjaya de Silva scored his fifth test century to rally Sri Lanka from trouble and reach a competitive 244 runs in the first innings of the second test against New Zealand on Saturday.
New Zealand batted for two overs and went to lunch on the third day at one run without loss.
De Silva walked in to bat when Sri Lanka was 93 for four and saw quick wickets fall at the other end pushing Sri Lanka to 131 for six. He survived at nine when fast bowler Trent Boult dropped an easy high catch off his own bowling; but he made good his luck and held the Sri Lanka innings together facing 148 deliveries hitting 16 boundaries and a six.
He shared 41 runs with No. 8 batsman Dilruwan Perera (13) and 43 runs with Suranga Lakmal (10) at No.9.
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne made 65 while opening the batting.
Sri Lanka resumed day three at 144 for six and left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel trapped Perera lbw for New Zealand’s first breakthrough for the day.
Fast bowler Tim Southee continued his good run from the second day, taking two more wickets to finish with four for 63. Boult had three for 75.
Sri Lanka won the first test by six wickets in Galle and looks to sweep the two-test series.