Model who accused Neymar of rape charged with fraud


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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 05: Neymar Jr. of Brazil reacts during the International Friendly Match between Brazil and Qatar at Mane Garrincha Stadium on June 5, 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

A Brazilian model who accused Brazil and PSG forward Neymar of raping her has been charged with perverting the course of justice by the local police. 

Najila Trinidade, the Brazilian super-model, along with her husband Estivens Alves, now face charges of trying to blackmail the player and lying to the police.

As for Neymar, the 27-year-old has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the police and therefore face no charges.

Upon her return from a trip to Paris in May this year, Najila Trindade had filed a case in the local court in which she had accused the Paris St-Germain star of assaulting her.

After sitting on the case for almost 3 months and hearing the arguments of both sides, a judge dismissed the case last month.

How the case unfolded?

Neymar Jr. gestures from the stands during the Copa America Brazil 2019 quarterfinal match between Brazil and Paraguay at Arena do Gremio on June 27, 2019 in Porto Alegre
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 27: Neymar Jr. gestures from the stands during the Copa America Brazil 2019 quarterfinal match between Brazil and Paraguay at Arena do Gremio on June 27, 2019 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
After the case made headlines in June, Neymar came forward with an Instagram video of his own in which the PSG star revealed that he had been accused of rape. 

The Brazilian also published WhatsApp messages and images, which he claimed were sent to him by the Brazilian model. Neymar said that he made those messages public to prove that “nothing really happened”.

As per Neymar, both of them met online before Neymar paid for her to travel to France where both of them had consensual sex. Afterward, as Ms Trindade returned to Brazil, she filed a report in the police station in which she accused him of attacking her.

In response, Ms Trindade then went public, gave a television interview and released a footage apparently showing that an altercation happening between the two in what looked like a bedroom.

The Brazilian police, which was by then working on the case, later filed a defamation suit against Ms Trindale, while closing the case which she had filed against the footballer.

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What next for the rape accuser?

Neymar Jr of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during the 2019 Trophee of Champions
SHENZHEN, CHINA - AUGUST 03: Neymar Jr of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during the 2019 Trophee des Champions between Paris saint-Germain and Stade Rennais FC at Shenzhen Uniersiade Sports Center on August 3, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Three months after they had closed the case against Neymar citing lack of evidence, Sao Paolo police on Tuesday announced they were bring the charges against Ms. Trindade. 

Among the charges which the police claim to bring against the model include procedural fraud, extortion and slanderous denunciation.

After hearing the charges brought against her client, the lawyer of Ms Trindade said that her indictment had caught him by surprise. .

He also rejected the accusations of the police against her client and denied that she colluded with her husband to extort money from the former Barcelona star.

Still, while the police has indicated Ms Trindade, a final decision on whether she will be prosecuted or not will be given by a judge.

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