Manchester United winger Antony has finally spoken up on the assault allegations made against him by three women in an interview on Brazilian TV. The 23-year-old, dropped from the Brazil squad earlier this week, said he was “100% sure” that he had never touched a woman and that his innocence would be proven.
Several accusations of physical aggression against multiple women led to Antony's removal from the Brazil squad for the World Cup qualifiers this week, and the accusations have been under police investigation since January. A police report was filed in May 2022 by law student and influencer Rayssa de Freitas, who claimed that she suffered injuries in an incident involving Antony and another woman in São Paulo, according to the Brazilian newspaper Extra.
Speaking on the Brazilian network SBT, Antony denied the allegations and said the truth would come out. When asked if he had assaulted any women, Antony said: "Never. I never have and I never will."He added: "[Violence towards women] is totally wrong, 100 per cent wrong. I have a mother and a sister. I would never want this to happen to them."
Another woman Ingrid Lana, has claimed, in a television interview, being pressured by Antony to have sex while on a business trip to England last year. Manchester United refused to comment on the allegation and assured the fans that the allegations were being investigated. There have also been allegations that United sent club doctors to attend to Cavallin after she insisted that she was badly injured.
Antony is the second player from Manchester United to be accused of assault after Mason Greenwood was accused of domestic violence but was cleared later. Greenwood left the club on loan to the Spanish club Getafe this summer.