Edition: January 1st 2019, Written By: Christopher Evans
Recently, the Arab Spring was a force to be reckoned with, toppling some of the most resilient dictatorships around the world, including Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. Now, the #MeToo Movement has taken the world by storm in its sheer effectiveness in holding the powerful accountable. But even with an open police investigation, will Christiano Ronaldo face the same consequences as other equally accused individuals of power?
Accompanying #MeToo was Time’s Up, a similarly powerful movement against sexual harassment meant to rid powerful institutions like Hollywood of power abusers. But like most movements, some resilient challengers grapple onto a lifeline that renders them somewhat invulnerable to consequences of their deeds. Many have lost everything for less than what C. Ronaldo (CR7) was accused of, including former U.S. Senator Al Franken, NBC's Today host Matt Lauer and CBS’s Charlie Rose, the reality of whose accusations didn't need proving by investigative bodies.
In instances where cases had glaring evidence (eg Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby), the perpetrators met a devastating yet fair faith, with reputations and careers flushed down the drain. Cosby and Weinstein were perhaps the biggest names brought down by #MeToo; the only other name that would measure up to that degree, if evidence were to support it, is Christiano Ronaldo.
Many wonder how Ronaldo is able to stand tall in the midst of the kind of severe allegation that brought down other powerful men. Evaluating such movements of reckoning (#MeToo, Time's Up), it appears that everything has its time and place. And the time of #MeToo seems to have taken off from the heart of Hollywood, at times infecting other major industries such as politics and the news media. But the football (soccer) arena just doesn’t seem to welcome the scrutiny that could unmask the past of its world renowned stars.
Kathryn Mayorga (34), the American who alleges the former Real Madrid star sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009, claimed Ronaldo hired a team of professional fixers to disrupt any criminal investigation into him and coerced her into accepting a $375,000 hush money to keep his deeds under wraps. Unlike what we’ve seen in other industries, the football industry held its ground against the movement, with both Juventus FC, for which CR7 plays, and Nike continuing their endorsements of him.
Characterized as “emotionally fragile,” Mayorga's lawsuit gave Las Vegas police enough cause to open an investigation into C. Ronaldo. “She’s not going to be interviewed,” her attorney Drohobyczer told the U.S. Associated Press due to her emotional fragility. In conjunction with rape, Mayorga’s lawsuit against the football star includes fraud, defamation, and breach of contract.
Despite being questioned by the European press, Christiano Ronaldo has managed to keep himself and his profession distant from the noise unlike what many famous people were able to.