Fri 08 October 2021:
A US judge has recommended that Cristiano Ronaldo’s civil rape case, which dates back more than a decade, be dismissed.
Former model Kathryn Mayorga claims Ronaldo assaulted her in a hotel room in 2009.
The Portuguese international has always denied sexual assault charges, saying that their encounter was consensual.
Prosecutors withdrew the criminal case against the Manchester United forward two years ago, claiming there was little chance of conviction.
Mayorga, on the other hand, who has waived her right to anonymity, has filed a legal suit for damages.
In a recommendation filed Wednesday, magistrate judge Daniel Albregts recommended that Ronaldo’s motion to terminate the case be granted.
Albregts, whose recommendation will be reviewed by a separate judge who is actually hearing the case, blamed Mayorga’s lawyers for the move, saying they had based their case on leaked communications between Ronaldo and his legal team, which were privileged.
But “if the court does not grant case-terminating sanctions, (her lawyer’s) actions could have far-reaching, dangerous consequences on the legitimacy of the judicial process.”
Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen welcomed the recommendation.
“We are pleased with the court’s detailed review of this matter and its willingness to justly apply the law to the facts and recommend dismissal of the civil case against Mr. Ronaldo,” he said.
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