A federal judge in the U.S. state of Nevada has sided with Cristiano Ronaldo's lawyers against Catherine Mayorga, who has filed a new lawsuit in court.
She had previously been awarded more than 320,000 euros in 2010 after she claimed Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas.
The case was reopened after the victim's request in the fall of 2018.
The case was dismissed in 2019 on the grounds that allegations of sexual assault could not be proven after the passage of time. Mayorga filed a new civil rights lawsuit against Ronaldo.
Magistrate Judge Daniel Albreggs accused Mayorga's attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, of improperly basing the civil damages claim on leaked and stolen documents. At issue is a 2017 publication in Der Spiegel magazine, which, based on material provided by sources, revealed that Ronaldo allegedly raped Mayorga in 2009. These documents, as revealed by Albreggs, are part of confidential correspondence between Ronaldo and his lawyers.
- The dismissal of Mayorga's case for her attorney's misconduct is a harsh result. But it is, unfortunately, the only appropriate sanction to ensure the integrity of the litigation. Stovall acted in bad faith to the detriment of his client and his profession," Judge Albreggs wrote in his report to the U.S. District Judge.
Ronaldo, 36, rejoined Manchester United in the summer of 2021, having previously played for the English team from 2003 to 2009, becoming a three-time champion of England, winner of the FA Cup and Champions League and two-time winner of the English League Cup during that time.
Ronaldo won the Champions League five times: once with Manchester United and four times with Real Madrid. He is the top scorer in the history of the tournament, with 135 goals.
In 2016 the Portuguese won the European Championship with the Portuguese national team, and in 2019 he won the League of Nations.