Accused of rape by a former American model for facts dating back to 2009, the Portuguese appeared before a civil court, while American justice had already decided not to prosecute him criminally, for lack of evidence.
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The civil complaint for rape against Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, filed by a former American model in the United States, was dismissed by an American judge, according to the court decision consulted on Saturday June 11 by AFP. A Nevada court judge dismissed the case because of irregularities alleged against the plaintiff’s lawyer, Kathryn Mayorga, who accused the football star of raping her in 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel.
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 the “Football Leaks” which should not have been find in his possession. The federal court of Nevada followed these recommendations by finding that this “bad faith” had “persisted”.
“Stovall’s repeated appeal [l’avocat de la plaignante] to stolen and confidential documents to support the accusations bear all the marks of bad faith“, he wrote in his decision. If he says “recognize” her “severity“for the plaintiff, the court considers that these”ill-gotten information” have “imbued“so much the complaint and the accusations,”and probably memories and perceptions of key events“at the former model, than any other decision would have been”inadequate“.
The Manchester United striker has always strongly denied these rape accusations, claiming to have had a relationship “completely consented” with the young woman. “private mediation” had been organized with representatives of Ronaldo, resulting in a financial transaction in 2010: 375,000 dollars in exchange for absolute confidentiality on the alleged facts or the agreement, as well as the abandonment of any procedure. In August 2018, the complainant requested the reopening of her file.
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