Neymar rape accuser charged with extortion

The woman who accused soccer star Neymar of rape has been charged with fraud, extortion and slander.

The former Brazil captain was accused of raping Najila Trindade in a Paris hotel room in May, but the Paris St Germain striker maintained the encounter was consensual.

Prosecutors said in August they were dropping the case against him due to a lack of evidence.

Sao Paulo state police also said in a statement on Tuesday they were indicting Trindade's former husband, Estivens Alves, on fraud charges.

The BBC reported Trindade's lawyer as saying the indictment had taken him by surprise and his client rejected the accusations.

The case received worldwide attention and posed sponsorship headaches for Neymar, as well as hurting his international career.

The former Barcelona and Santos forward always denied the accusations against him and released private chats and lurid photos he had exchanged with Trindade.

Source AAP