Neymar accused of sexually assaulting woman in Paris
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A woman has accused Brazilian soccer star Neymar of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in Paris on May 15, according to multiple reports.
The woman, who lives in Brazil, said she met Neymar, 27, through Instagram and he offered to fly her to Paris. She said he was drunk when he showed up at her hotel room, then eventually forced her to have sex against her wishes.
She returned to her home country and reported the alleged assault there on Friday after waiting several days out of fear, according to reports.
The star's father, Neymar da Silva Santos Sr., said in a Brazilian television interview that his son is a victim of extortion.
"If public opinion is not cleared up, and if we can't show the truth rapidly, this will snowball. If we have to show Neymar's WhatsApps and the conversations with this girl, we will, because it is clear that it was a trap," he said.
Neymar just finished his second season with Paris Saint-Germain, helping the French club win the Ligue 1 title. He is back in Brazil to play with the national team as it prepares for a friendly against Qatar and the Copa America.