SAO PAULO – Brazilian police questioned Neymar for five hours on Thursday over allegations he raped a woman he met through social media in a Paris hotel last month – charges he has denied.
“The truth appears sooner or later,” the world’s most expensive footballer, who walked on crutches after injuring his right ankle in a pre-Copa America friendly against Qatar last week that forced him out of South America’s showcase tournament, told reporters.
The footballer, aged 27, arrived at the police station shortly before 4pm local time and left at around 9pm.
Neymar’s appearance comes after Brazilian police said on Thursday that they had filed a defamation suit against his rape accuser for insinuating the force was corrupt.
During an interview with television channel SBT this week, Najila Trindade said: “The police are bought, aren’t they? Or am I crazy?” in response to questions over the police investigation of an alleged theft of a tablet device from her home, which contained a short video she claims has conclusive evidence she was assaulted.