The federal civil case alleging that Portuguese soccer participant Cristiano Ronaldo raped a girl in a Las Vegas resort room in 2009 was dismissed on Friday.
Decide Jennifer Dorsey accepted the recommendation of a federal Justice of the Peace, saying that an lawyer for accuser Kathryn Mayorga engaged in misconduct so extreme that it will be unimaginable for Ronaldo to have a good trial.
“Due to her lawyer’s abuses and flagrant circumvention of the right litigation course of, Mayorga loses her alternative to pursue this case and try to unwind the settlement of claims that, themselves, implicate severe allegations of a extremely private nature,” Dorsey wrote.
The case was dismissed with prejudice, which means Mayorga can’t refile the criticism.
Mayorga mentioned she was coerced into signing a nondisclosure settlement and $375,000 settlement following the alleged rape, which Ronaldo has maintained was a consensual sexual encounter. Mayorga had requested the choose to void that settlement.
The existence of the settlement was first reported by the German newspaper Der Spiegel in 2017 utilizing leaked confidential communications from Ronaldo’s attorneys.
The courtroom discovered that certainly one of Mayorga’s attorneys, Leslie Stovall, reached out to the supply of that leak to request these paperwork, together with “the reporting and communications of the attorneys and investigators representing and defending Ronaldo following the sexual assault through the negotiations and conclusion of the settlement and non-disclosure settlement.”
“Stovall’s repeated use of stolen, privileged paperwork to prosecute this case has each indicia of bad-faith conduct,” Decide Dorsey wrote Friday.
The choose discovered that “the misappropriated paperwork and their confidential contents have been woven into the very cloth of Mayorga’s claims,” stating that merely placing the leaked paperwork from the case and disqualifying Stovall wouldn’t adequately handle the misconduct.
CNN has reached out to Stovall for touch upon the choice.
Ronaldo’s lawyer, Peter Christiansen, mentioned in an e mail to CNN Saturday, “Because the Plaintiff first filed swimsuit in 2018, we’ve maintained the motion was introduced in unhealthy religion. The outright dismissal of Plaintiff’s case ought to give all who comply with this matter renewed confidence within the judicial course of on this nation whereas dissuading those that search to undermine it.”
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Division reopened a legal investigation at Mayorga’s request in August 2018. In July 2019, the Clark County District Legal professional’s Workplace introduced they would not pursue criminal charges, saying the allegations couldn’t be confirmed past an affordable doubt.