David de Gea has insisted that a protected witness’ statement which named him in connection with a sexual assault case is a “lie”.
De Gea is alleged to have arranged and paid for an encounter between two Spain U21 players and two women in a central Madrid hotel in 2012. The incident is being investigated by Spanish police as part of a wider operation.
One of the footballers named is Athletic Bilbao’s Iker Muniain, whom the victim alleges she was forced to have sexual relations with, along with another woman and another player. De Gea is named as the man who arranged the meeting.
“The first person who was surprised by this news story was me. It’s a lie,” De Gea said.
“Those who know me well, know that this is false; my family’s mind is at ease. It’s now in the hands of my lawyers. I don’t know where these things come from.”
The witness’ statement, made in May 2015, is part of the investigations into the activities of porn producer Torbe. He is being investigated for a number of offences including child pornography and sexual assault and has been in jail since April.
The statement alleges that Torbe told the victim that she would be given a significant amount of money to have sexual relations with the other woman and the footballers but when she refused, he grabbed her by the arm and forced her to.
The victim’s statement alleges that she was “sexually abused by both players” and “physically assaulted by both.” The women were not paid, with Torbe allegedly taking the money for himself. The victim was allegedly threatened not to reveal her identity afterwards.