A US judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a soccer star over allegations of rape in Las Vegas Cristiano Ronaldo.
A Nevada woman has lost her bid to force the Manchester United superstar to pay millions of dollars in addition to the $375,000 she received after she claimed he raped her in Las Vegas in 2009.
U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey threw the case out of court on Friday to punish the woman’s attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, for “conduct in bad faith” and using “stolen” confidential documents the judge said contained the case irretrievably spoiled.
Dorsey said in her 42-page order that dismissing a case without an opportunity to refile it was a severe sanction, but said Ronaldo was harmed by Stovall’s conduct.
“I find that the obtaining and continued use of these documents was done in bad faith, and simply disqualifying Stovall will not eliminate prejudice against Ronaldo as the concealed documents and their confidential content are woven into the fabric of (Plaintiff Kathryn) Mayorga’s allegations.” were interwoven. ‘ the verdict said. “Tough sanctions are deserved.”
Criminal proceedings against Ronaldo resumed in 2018 but dropped the following year after prosecutors ruled the allegations could not be “proven beyond a reasonable doubt”.
But after Mayorga renounced her anonymity in 2018, she filed a civil lawsuit against Ronaldo, with her representatives claiming she was not in the mental state to sign the non-disclosure agreement in 2010.
Ronaldo, who returned to Manchester United last August, has always denied the allegations, claiming the intercourse with Mayorga was consensual.
“I strongly deny the allegations made against me,” Ronaldo said in October 2018.
“Rape is a heinous crime that goes against everything I am and believe in.”
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