Video footage has emerged showing the moment Neymar’s rape accuser lashes out at him in a hotel room as the footballer reacts by putting his feet up in an apparent attempt to ward her off.
The dramatic video emerged overnight after 26-year-old Najila Trindade went on TV to repeat claims she was raped in Paris by the Brazilian star.
In the video, a song can be heard playing in the background as the pair appeared and then fell onto the bed together for what at first seemed to be the end to a romantic evening.
A slap and muffled voices could be heard as the pair drifted out of the range of a camera that seemed to have been left in the bathroom – before Najila got up from the bed and began to slap Neymar.
The footballer can be seen putting his feet up to the woman’s face and trying to grab her wrists as he moved towards her.
The one-minute six-second video finished without it being made clear what the outcome of the sudden burst of violence was.
Brazilian media reported Neymar had said:
“No, no, no, no, no, don’t hit me” after the sound of the first slap which was not picked up on camera and Najila had responded by replying: “No? Are you going to hit me then? Are you going to hit me?”
As she hit him twice she shouted at him:
“But I’m going to hit you. Do you know why I’m going to hit you? Do you know why? Do you know why? Because you assaulted me yesterday. You left me here alone.”
The footage is understood to be a small segment of a longer seven-minute video that has not yet been fully published.
It was not immediately clear this morning what the rest of the video contains.
Najila’s lawyer Danilo Garcia de Andrade was quoted in Brazilian media as saying:
“What she’s told me is that she needed proof of that assault, that the slap was what Neymar had done to her previously and that she got him into the room again and filmed the scene.”
Neymar who strongly denies the sex assault allegations, claims the woman is a liar and is trying to extort him.
And his dad Neymar Santos told Brazilian station Record TV after they showed footage of the confrontation between the footballer and his rape accuser:
“I don’t think I have to defend my son at all. The images speak for themselves.
“The video is only going to show that Neymar was assaulted. She provokes an aggression so that he responds, but he realises that everything that was happening was a set-up.”
“When my son enters the room, everything is already been filmed. It would be good for the investigation and for us that the whole video emerges. That’s what the police are trying to do, find all the images that she has.”
The footballer’s accuser went on Brazilian TV yesterday to claim Neymar paid for her to stay at the five-star Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triumph after they chatted on Instagram.
She admitted to wanting to have sex with him when she agreed to meet him, but added when asked if she was a victim of rape: “Aggression followed by rape.”
Watch the video footage of Neymar and Najila in Paris Hotel bed below: