The woman who has accused Brazilian football star Neymar of rape has threatened to release a video of the alleged attack to the media to ‘ruin’ the Paris Saint-Germain striker’s career.
She is also said to have revealed in a heated exchange that she ‘should have killed the player when she had the chance’.
Following the new twist to her story, the woman has reportedly been dropped by the law firm representing her because of contradictions in the case.
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 Rio de Janeiro-based lawyers said that in the official complaint the woman gave to the Brazilian police on May 31, she ‘described what had happened as “rape”, which is a completely different allegation,’ Daily Mail reported.
Fernandes and Abreu also said she confirmed that the sexual relationship with Neymar was consensual. It has since rescinded its contract with the alleged victim.
Her representatives said they decided to withdraw their services after their ethical standards were compromised by the woman’s behaviour, according to reports on Brazilian Globo TV.
They even advised her to avoid a court case as it would be better to strike a deal with Neymar’s legal team because the process could be ‘long and drawn out’. But the accuser refused to accept these terms and claimed she wanted to get ‘maximum’ coverage by releasing the ‘damning’ video of the attack.
In an interview with Band TV on Monday, Neymar’s father Neymar Sr said in the presence of his son’s lawyers that: ‘My son is a victim of attempted extortion and this is the reason why he released the messages.
‘He preserved the name of the girl and her image but (my son) had to defend himself.
‘He’s been accused of rape and this is a crime he has not committed. He didn’t have a choice.
‘He preferred to commit an internet crime than be accused of rape. This was something he had to defend himself from quickly. It’s better that he tells the truth now to show what really happened.’
Neymar has since denied the allegations, but he is currently being investigated for sharing an Instagram video, showing explicit WhatsApp messages and photos from the woman who accused him of rape.