A US judge has recommended dismissing the lawsuit against Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo in a rape case that took place in Las Vegas more than ten years ago, due to irregularities.
Former US model Catherine Mayorga has accused the world’s best player five times of raping her in 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room, allegations the current Manchester United star has denied, saying he had had an affair with her “with full consent”.
The case was closed almost two years ago, after American justice decided not to indict the player for lack of evidence. But Mayorga, who waived his right to anonymity, brought a civil action for damages.
In a recommendation filed Wednesday, Magistrate Daniel Albrights recommended granting Ronaldo’s request to close the case.
Albrights, whose recommendation will be considered by a separate judge tasked with reviewing the case, blamed Mayorga’s lawyers for the decision, saying they based their case on leaked communications between Ronaldo and his legal team, which were privileged.
“The closure of the Mayorga case due to the improper conduct of his lawyer is a cruel result,” wrote Alpegritz, but “if the court does not grant closure penalties, the actions of (his lawyer) may have far-reaching and dangerous consequences for the legality of legal proceedings.
Ronaldo’s attorney, Peter Christiansen, welcomed the recommendation, saying: “We are pleased with the detailed examination of this case by the court and its willingness to apply the law fairly to the facts, and to recommend the rejection of the civil case against Mr. Ronaldo. “