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Brazilian police file defamation complaint against Neymar's rape accuser

Najila Trindade (C-covered with a black jacket) arrives at a police station in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 7, 2019 after accusing football superstar Neymar of rape
Najila Trindade (C-covered with a black jacket) arrives at a police station in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 7, 2019 after accusing football superstar Neymar of rape AFP/File
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Sao Paulo (AFP)

Brazilian police said on Thursday they had filed a defamation suit against the woman who has accused football star Neymar of rape, after she insinuated the force was corrupt.

During an interview with television channel SBT, Najila Trindade said: "The police are bought, aren't they? Or am I crazy?"

The police filed a complaint, issuing a statement on Thursday defending its "absolute transparency, neutrality and impartiality".

On Tuesday, Trindade had seen a third lawyer drop her case as Danilo Garcia de Andrade said he was no longer representing her.

The lawyer wanted to see the content of a seven-minute video filmed during the model's second meeting with the Paris Saint-Germain star.

Trindade maintains the recording -- a few seconds of which have been leaked on social media -- includes conclusive evidence that she was assaulted.

The accusation against Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has grabbed headlines in Brazil, which is currently hosting the Copa America, a tournament the 26-year-old is missing due to an ankle injury.

Trindade filed the complaint against Neymar on May 31, saying he assaulted her after inviting her to visit him in Paris.

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