Najila Trindade de Souza is carried by her lawyer after giving testimony in a police station on Friday. Reuters
After the testimony, Najila Trindade was carried out of the police station in the arms of her lawyer with a black jacket covering her head. It was unclear why she was physically carried.
Najila Trindade Mendes de Souza speaking during a television interview in Sao Paulo, Brazil. AFP
Neither she nor her lawyers disclosed what was said during the testimony but in an earlier interview with SBT television she said Neymar became aggressive after she refused to have unprotected sex with him in the May 15 incident. She said the player had sexual intercourse with her despite her refusal and hit her repeatedly.
The Associated Press doesn't name alleged sexual assault victims unless they make their identities public, which Trindade did in the television interviews earlier this week.
Neymar denies the accusation. He has yet to testify in the case. But he spoke to Rio de Janeiro police in a related cybercrimes investigation on Thursday after publishing a video with images and messages of the accuser in his Instagram feed without her authorisation.
Neymar's image rights holder NR Sports said in a statement Friday that it is working with the player's legal team to "shorten the completion of police process and prove his innocence."
"All the evidence disclosed up to now converges to the incontrovertible conclusion that the athlete Neymar Jr. was actually a victim of a 'malicious and false criminal complaint,'" the statement said.
A brace from Philippe Coutinho handed hosts Brazil a winning start to the Copa America on Friday in a 3-0 victory over Bolivia as the absence of superstar Neymar was quickly forgotten.
Philippe Coutinho helped Brazil prepare for a Copa America without Neymar after 10-man Honduras were comprehensively thrashed 7-0 in Porto Alegre on Sunday.
When Jair Bolsonaro became president of Brazil on January 1, the country’s indigenous peoples braced themselves for the worst. Bolsonaro had promised that not another centimetre of indigenous land would be protected under his leadership. He announced his intention to forcibly integrate indigenous peoples and said it was “a shame that the Brazilian cavalry wasn’t as efficient as the Americans, who exterminated the Indians”.
Earlier this month a procession of Brazil’s military Cabinet ministers came to President Jair Bolsonaro with the same clear message: muzzle your army of far-right keyboard warriors or your government will implode. Propelled to the presidency by a vociferous army of online ideologues, including his sons,
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Sadio Mane’s Senegal and an Algeria side captained by Riyad Mahrez will attempt to secure their place in Africa Cup of Nations history in Friday’s final in Cairo.
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