Brazilian police file defamation suit against Neymar's rape accuser

June 14, 2019 | 09:44
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Brazilian police said on Thursday (Jun 13) they had filed a defamation suit against the woman who has accused football star Neymar of rape, after she insinuated the force was corrupt.
brazilian police file defamation suit against neymars rape accuser
Najila Trindade (centre, covered with a black jacket) arrives at a police station in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jun 7, 2019 after accusing football superstar Neymar of rape. (AFP/NELSON ALMEIDA)

During an interview with television channel SBT, Najila Trindade said: "The police are bought, aren't they? Or am I crazy?"

The police filed a complaint, issuing a statement on Thursday defending its "absolute transparency, neutrality and impartiality".

On Tuesday, Trindade had seen a third lawyer drop her case as Danilo Garcia de Andrade said he was no longer representing her.

The lawyer wanted to see the content of a seven-minute video filmed during the model's second meeting with the Paris Saint-Germain star.

Trindade maintains the recording - a few seconds of which have been leaked on social media - includes conclusive evidence that she was assaulted.

The accusation against Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has grabbed headlines in Brazil, which is currently hosting the Copa America, a tournament the 26-year-old is missing due to an ankle injury.

Trindade filed the complaint against Neymar on May 31, saying he assaulted her after inviting her to visit him in Paris.


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