PSG star Neymar Jr has been accused of trying to force a female Nike employee to perform oral sex on him in a hotel room before being dropped by the sportswear brand.
The alleged incident reportedly occurred in 2016 when the Brazilian forward was in New York City for a marketing event with Nike.
The employee was reportedly trying to arrange events for Neymar Jr and his team, according to the Wall Street Journal who claim to have seen documents and have spoken to people familiar with the matter.
The Nike employee filed a complaint in 2018 and Nike hired an independent legal firm to investigate the allegation.
Neymar denies the allegation. His spokeswoman told the Journal: “Neymar Jr. will vigorously defend himself against these baseless attacks in case any claim is presented, which did not happen so far.”
Neymar Jr and Nike officially parted ways after 15 years of working together last year though his contract with the sportswear company was not due to expire for another eight years. No reason was officially given for the Brazilian footballer’s departure.
Hilary Krane, Nike’s general counsel, told the Journal: “Nike ended its relationship with the athlete because he refused to cooperate in a good faith investigation of credible allegations of wrongdoing by an employee.”
Back in 2019, Neymar Jr faced an allegation of rape but prosecutors closed the case, citing a lack of evidence.