Cristiano Ronaldo will not face a civil lawsuit stemming from the 2009 rape case

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(Warning, the following article contains discussions about sexual assault.)

A Nevada judge on Friday dismissed a civil lawsuit against Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo alleging that Ronaldo or his associates violated a non-disclosure agreement stemming from a sexual encounter between a Nevada woman and the soccer star revealed, according to the Associated Press.

The civil case originally opened in 2018 after Ronaldo admitted to paying former Las Vegas model Kathryn Mayorga $375,000 after she accused Ronaldo of rape in 2009. Ronaldo denied the allegations in 2018, claiming relations with him and Mayorga were amicable. After the retrial in 2019, he was not prosecuted.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey instead ruled that Mayorga’s attorney Leslie Mark Stovall used leaked and stolen documents from conversations between Ronaldo and his attorneys.

“I believe the obtaining and continued use of these documents was in bad faith and simply disqualifying Stovall will not eliminate prejudice against Ronaldo as the misappropriated documents and their confidential contents have been woven into the very fabric of [plaintiff Kathryn] Mayorga’s Claims”, Dorsey. “Tough sanctions are deserved.”

Mayorga’s attorney sought more than $25 million in damages from Ronaldo in the civil lawsuit for violating the NDA in 2017 by leaking documents to German news channel Der Spiegel. The attorney also argued Mayorga was pressured into signing the NDA and was unable to consent to accepting the $375,000 settlement and dropping the criminal case.

Cristiano Ronaldo will no longer face his rapist in civil court. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)



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