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Judge ends rape probe of Neymar

The Associated PressSAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian judge accepted a recommendation from prosecutors Thursday to close the investigation of soccer star Neymar on a rape allegation on the grounds of there being a lack of evidence against him.

Sao Paulo state prosecutors Flavia Merlini and Estefania Paulin announced during the day that they agreed with a July 30 decision by police not to bring charges in the case. Judge Ana Paula Vieira de Moraes issued an order closing the case Thursday.

Brazilian model Najila Trindade went to Sao Paulo police to accuse Neymar of raping her at a Paris hotel in May.

No complaint was filed with French police. The AP doesn’t name alleged sexual assault victims unless they make their identities public, something Trindade did in several interviews.

Neymar denied the accusation and said their relations were consensual.

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