BREAKING NEWS: Cristiano Ronaldo’s sexual assault case recommended for dismissal by a Las Vegas court after Manchester United star was accused of raping former model Kathryn Mayorga in a hotel room in 2009
- A judge has recommended a rape case against Cristiano Ronaldo is terminated
- Ronaldo has long maintained relations with Kathryn Mayorga were consensual
- The judgement effectively clears the name of the Manchester United footballer
The civil case in relation to the decade old sexual assault allegation made against Cristiano Ronaldo has been recommended for dismissal by a Las Vegas court.
In news that effectively clears the Manchester United star, the civil court in the US has ruled the historic accusations made by Kathryn Mayorga be thrown out.
‘We are pleased with the Court’s detailed review of this matter and its willingness to justly apply the law to the facts and recommend dismissal of the civil case against Mr. Ronaldo, ‘ said the forward’s lawyer Peter S. Christiansen.
Ronaldo has always maintained his relations with Mayorga were consensual and a Nevada court has now recommended that the Portuguese’s motion for terminating the case be granted.
Mayorga’s legal team could yet object to the court’s recommendation for dismissal. Mayorga’s legal team has 14 days to object to the court’s decision.
The criminal case in relation to the allegation had already been dismissed by the Las Vegas District Attorney.
A decade old rape case against Cristiano Ronaldo has been recommended to be thrown out
Ronaldo (left) and his rape accuser Kathryn Mayorga (right) pictured on the night the pair met in Las Vegas in 2009 and the alleged rape took place
American model-turned-teacher Mayorga claimed the football star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 after the pair met on a night out (pictured) in the city
Back in June of this year Ronaldo’s legal team asked a federal court in the US to throw out the civil claim against him.
Lawyers for the Portuguese striker claimed Mayorga’s legal team gave ‘stolen papers’ to police in Las Vegas who were investigating claims.
According to legal papers lodged at the United States District Court in the District of Nevada, Ronaldo’s lawyers have been pushing for Ms Mayorga’s case to be dismissed since the summer over the conduct of her legal team.
Ms Mayorga has alleged that she was sexually assaulted in a Las Vegas hotel room following a night out with the footballer in 2009.
Mayorga (right) and her legal team now has 14 days to object to the court’s recommendation
Ronaldo has continued to strongly deny the claim and today’s recommendation of case termination all but clears his name in a court of law.
According to The Mirror, Ronaldo settled a case with Ms Mayorga 12 years ago for £375,000.
She then sought to overturn that original settlement in 2018 and is now seeking more than £56 million in damages and costs.
In 2018, Ronaldo said: ‘I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything I am and believe in.’
Ronaldo’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez, has also stood by him over the claims.
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