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Ronaldo in transvestite scandal
20:53 GMT, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 21:53 UK (BBC)
Brazilian football star Ronaldo has been caught up in a sex scandal with three cross-dressing prostitutes.
Having dropped off his girlfriend at her house in Rio de Janeiro on Monday night, the footballer picked up three prostitutes.
When they all booked into a motel, Ronaldo discovered that the prostitutes were in fact men.
According to Rio police, he alleges that the transvestites then tried to extort money from him.
Local press reports quoted one of the prostitutes, Andreia Albertine - otherwise known as Andre Luiz Ribeiro Albertino - as saying that Ronaldo had threatened to hit him, on discovering that he was a transvestite.
Ronaldo "reported that Andreia had taken his car documents and demanded $30,000 [£15,000]", said Rio police superintendent Carlos Augusto Nogueira.
Transvestite André Luis Ribeiro Albertino, as known as Andréia Albertine
He added: "Ronaldo admits the facts. He said he just wanted to amuse himself, that's not a crime. To pay to have sexual relations isn't illegal.
"There's a strong chance that Ronaldo has been the victim of extortion."
When the footballer refused to pay the prostitute, the latter claimed that Ronaldo had taken drugs, and had threatened to hurt the three transvestites.
Under Brazilian law, while pimping sex workers and running establishments where sex is sold are illegal, prostitution itself is not.
In a statement Ronaldo is reported to have denied ever using drugs, and reiterated that he was a victim of extortion.
The three-time Fifa world footballer of the year is in Brazil recovering from knee surgery.
He told police he was having some psychological problems linked to his injury.