Soccer virtuoso Ronaldo was questioned by police in Rio de Janeiro yesterday after an altercation in a motel with transvestite prostitutes, Reuters reports. The star of AC Milan and the Brazilian national team took three call girls to the motel, only to discover that they were men in drag, according to cops. Ronaldo then offered them $600 each to close the affair, but one of them demanded $30,000 to keep the story from the media.
Ronaldo claimed in a statement he was a victim of extortion and slander, and he vowed to clear his name. Prostitution is legal in Brazil, and authorities in Rio have said that they believe the soccer star's version of events concerning the hookers, who ran from police headquarters during questioning. "He committed no crime at all. It was immoral at best," said a police inspector.