Cristiano Ronaldo is off the hook. While he was the subject of a complaint for violation in the United States, the latter has just been dismissed by the American justice, because of the irregularities alleged against the lawyer of the complaint of Kathryn Mayorga. This former model accused the football star of having raped her in 2009 in a hotel in Las Vegas.
American justice had decided in 2019 not to prosecute Ronaldo in criminal proceedings, for lack of evidence. In civil matters, a judge had recommended in October to dismiss the complaint of Kathryn Mayorga, now 37, considering that it was partly based on pirated documents from “Football leaks” which should not have been find in his possession.
In his recommendations, he accused the young woman’s lawyer, Leslie Stovall, of having acted with “bad faith” in this case. The Nevada federal court followed these recommendations for these same reasons, while claiming to “recognize” the “severity” of its decision to deal with it.
A file found in August 2018
The striker, who currently plays for English club Manchester United, has always denied the rape accusations, claiming to have had a “completely consensual” relationship with the young woman. In June 2009, the plaintiff had certainly called the police of Las Vegas to denounce a violation but she had refused to identify her attacker. The file was then closed. A “private mediation” was organized shortly after with representatives of Ronaldo, resulting in a financial transaction in 2010: 375,000 dollars in exchange for absolute confidentiality on the supposed facts or the agreement, as well as the abandonment of all procedure.
For the current lawyers of Ms. Mayorga, this agreement is null and void, in particular because of the psychological disorder of their client at the time and the pressures suffered when meeting her. They demanded up to $200 million in compensation from Ronaldo.
It was in August 2018 that the suspect had contacted the Las Vegas police and asked for the reopening of her file, accusing the footballer for the first time publicly.