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Jaide Timm-Garcia, James Masters and John Sinnott, CNN

Posted: Jun 07, 2019 09:20 AM CDT

Updated: Jun 07, 2019 03:14 PM CDT

Neymar rolls on the ground during Brazil's Group E match against Switzerland at the 2018 World Cup.

 Neymar rolls on the ground during Brazil's Group E match against Switzerland at the 2018 World Cup.

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Neymar rolls on the ground during Brazil's Group E match against Switzerland at the 2018 World Cup.

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(CNN) - Accused of raping and assaulting a Brazilian model in a hotel room in Paris last month, Brazilian footballer Neymar is facing two separate police investigations in Brazil, according to Rio de Janeiro's Police press office.

One investigation is being conducted by Sao Paulo police, where Najila Trindade filed a police report on May 31 claiming that the Paris Saint-Germain player assaulted and raped her earlier that month. She is currently being questioned by police in relation to the alleged Paris incident in a closed setting.

Neymar has denied the accusations in an Instagram video, saying: "I was induced to do it, it was something that happened, it was a trap and I ended up falling for it, but that's a lesson from here on out." His representatives have said he is the victim of extortion.

The video has since been taken down, but the second police investigation focuses on cybercrime given Neymar took to Instagram two days after the report was filed to deny the accusation and share sexually charged text exchanges that occurred between the two after the alleged rape took place, in order to prove their interactions were consensual.

The texts included sensitive photos of the model. Posting intimate photos of another person is a crime under Brazilian law. Rio de Janeiro police have opened the investigation, because Neymar showed the photos on social media while he was in Rio de Janeiro training with the Brazilian national team.

Neymar gave his testimony Thursday at the police station in Rio de Janeiro regarding the cybercrime case, according to his defense attorney. His lawyer, Maria Fernandes, confirmed to Reuters that Neymar had given a statement to police.

Neymar, who was in a wheelchair after suffering an ankle injury while playing for Brazil earlier this week, was wheeled to the entrance of the police station through hordes of reporters before standing up and entering on crutches.

Speaking outside the police station, Neymar was quoted by Reuters as saying: "I appreciate the support and all the messages that the world has sent, my friends, my fans, that the world is with me. I want to say thank you for the well wishes, and say that I have felt very loved. Thanks for everyone's well wishes."

Lawyer Fernandes added: "He made the point of coming as soon as he could to give a statement, to clarify everything that needed to be clarified."

The testimony has nothing to do with the rape allegations which allegedly took place in Paris.

"We are absolutely confident that we will prove the innocence of our client. The process was thorough, but he provided all the clarifications that were to be provided," said Fernandes.

CNN has contacted Neymar and his club Paris Saint-Germain for comment on the allegations made by Trindade in the interview, but has yet to receive a response.

The Paris prosecutor's office confirmed to CNN Friday that there is still no investigation opened about the case in France.

Meanwhile Nike says it is "very concerned" by the rape allegations against Neymar, casting doubt over its partnership with the world's most expensive soccer player.

"We are very concerned by the recent allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation," Nike said in a statement sent to CNN.

The statement came after 26-year-old Trindade told Brazilian television station SBT TV that Neymar had raped and violently assaulted her in a Paris hotel room on May 15, which the soccer star denies.

Speaking on Wednesday to Brazilian network SBT TV, Trindade says she contacted him on Instagram, intent on pursuing a sexual relationship with the soccer star.

"There was a sexual intent, it was a desire of mine. I think that was clear to him," she said.

Trindade says she met Neymar at the Hotel Sofitel Paris Arc du Triomphe, after she says he paid for her to travel to Paris.

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