A US judge has recommended for the civil case against Cristiano Ronaldo over sexual assault allegations to be dismissed.
Ronaldo has been accused of raping Kathryn Mayorga in a hotel in Las Vegas in June 2009.
Mayorga signed a non-disclosure agreement in 2010 and was paid £275,000 to not go public with her allegation.
Criminal proceedings against Ronaldo were reopened in 2018 but closed the following year after prosecutors decided the allegations could not be ‘proven beyond reasonable doubt’.
But after waiving her anonymity in 2018, Mayorga filed a civil case against Ronaldo, with her representatives claiming that she was not in a fit mental state to sign the non-disclosure agreement in 2010.
However, Nevada magistrate judge Daniel Albregts has now recommended that the civil case be thrown out as evidence used by Mayorga’s attorney, Leslie Mark Stoval, were leaked documents which contained ‘privileged communications’ between Ronaldo and his lawyers.
‘Dismissing Mayorga’s case for the inappropriate conduct of her attorney is a harsh result,’ Albregts wrote in his recommendation to the US district judge Jennifer Dorsey.
‘But it is, unfortunately, the only appropriate sanction to ensure the integrity of the judicial process. Stovall acted in bad faith to his client’s — and his profession’s — detriment.’
Peter Christiansen, who represents Ronaldo, said: ‘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.’
Ronaldo, who rejoined Manchester United in August, denies the allegations and claims the sexual intercourse with Mayorga was consensual.
‘I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,’ Ronaldo said in October 2018.
‘Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.’
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