RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian police filed charges on Tuesday against model Najila Trindade in connection with the rape accusations she made against soccer star Neymar.
The indictment came a month after police declined to charge Neymar, citing contradictions in Trindade’s account of her encounter with the Brazilian national team captain.
Police now say that Trindade filed a false report with the aim of extorting money from the multimillionaire athlete.
In the indictment, police inspector Monique Lima accuses Trindade of slander, making a false police report and extortion.
Neymar’s father, who is also his agent and manager, came to police months ago claiming that one of Trindade’s lawyers approached him with a demand for money in exchange for the model’s retracting her accusation.
Charged along with Trindade is her ex-husband, Estiven Alves, accused of making a false police report and disseminating lewd images.
Investigators said that Alves provided intimate images of his ex-wife to a journalist who then publish the photos on the Internet.
Trindade’s lawyer, Cosme Araujo Santos, said he could not comment on police’s decision to prosecute his client as he did not have access to the evidence.
He did, however, express surprise over the filing of the charges shortly after he had asked the court to convene a hearing with both Neymar and Trindade present.
Trindade, 26, met Neymar via Instagram.
The star, who plays professionally for Paris Saint-Germain, paid for Trindade to travel to the French capital and for her accommodation at the hotel where the alleged rape took place on May 15.
The model acknowledged in an interview that she went to Paris to have sex with the striker, but said she changed her mind at the last minute because Neymar didn’t have a condom.
After the accusation, Neymar, who insisted the sex was consensual, published a video of himself in conversation with Trindade as well as intimate photos of her.
Neymar said he posted the material to show that Trindade continued to interact normally with him following the purported sexual assault.
Though the video and photos were taken down quickly, Brazilian authorities began investigating Neymar for possible violation of online-privacy laws.
PSG paid a record transfer fee of 222 million euros ($263 million) to obtain Neymar from Barcelona in August 2017.