The lawyer for the model Najila Trindade, who accused Brazilian footballer Neymar of rape and assault, defended his client in an interview with CNN, calling her a victim “who, until proven otherwise, has been raped.”
“Najila is a victim. [Is there] nothing more important in Brazil than Neymar?” lawyer Danilo Garcia de Andrade told CNN, adding that “if Neymar is innocent, let the police get it straightened out, but in a just, human, legal way.”
The soccer star denies the allegations that he raped and violently assaulted her in a Paris hotel room on May 15.
On Friday, Trindade fainted and hit her head while being questioned by police in relation to the alleged incident, according to Garcia.