U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey
dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by former mannequin Kathryn Mayorga regarding rape allegations from 2009 towards Manchester United ahead Cristiano Ronaldo due to “bad faith” actions by her legal professional,
Leslie Mark Stovall.
Ken Ritter of the Associated Press
reported Dorsey dominated Friday the case could not proceed as a result of
proof used by Mayorga’s authorized group was obtained by way of stolen or
leaked paperwork, together with communication between Ronaldo and his
“I discover that the procurement and
continued use of those paperwork was dangerous religion, and easily
disqualifying Stovall won’t remedy the unfairness to Ronaldo as a result of
the misappropriated paperwork and their confidential contents have
been woven into the very cloth of Mayorga’s claims,” Dorsey said. “Harsh sanctions are merited.”
Mayorga mentioned she met Ronaldo at a Vegas
nightclub and joined him with different individuals in his lodge suite, the place she mentioned the sexual assault later occurred. Ronaldo
has maintained they’d consensual intercourse.
She met with police the next day however did not present investigators with Ronaldo’s title or location of the alleged assault.
In 2018, Mayorga filed the civil case
in Nevada—it was later moved from state court docket to federal court docket—and police additionally determined to reopen the felony investigation after Mayorga requested they accomplish that.
Clark County district legal professional Steve
Wolfson mentioned in July 2019 no fees could be filed as a result of there wasn’t sufficient proof to show Mayorga’s allegations past an inexpensive doubt at trial.
Mayorga, who received $375,000 from
Ronaldo in 2010 as a part of a confidentiality settlement following her saying he had raped her, moved ahead
with the civil lawsuit seeking more than $68 million in damages.
Her authorized group argued paperwork
printed by German outlet Der Spiegel invalidated the prior deal,
and Stovall mentioned in the course of the case his consumer lacked the “psychological
capability” to sign the 2010 agreement, per Ritter.
Neither authorized group has publicly
commented on Friday’s ruling.
Ronaldo is in his second stint with
Manchester United after stops with Sporting Lisbon, Real Madrid and
Juventus all through his membership profession.
The 37-year-old ahead can be captain
of Portugal’s nationwide group, which certified for the 2022 FIFA World
Cup. The occasion kicks off in November.
Mayorga’s attorneys can attraction Friday’s
ruling to the ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.