The Las Vegas civil court has recommended that the civil lawsuit related to the sexual assault allegation by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo be dismissed, and the charges brought against him by Catherine Mayorga be dropped.
“We are pleased with the court’s detailed review of this matter and its willingness to apply the law fairly to the facts, and to recommend dismissal of the civil case against Mr. Ronaldo,” said Ronaldo’s lawyer, Peter Christiansen.
The Nevada court has now recommended approval of the Portuguese’s request to end the case. Mayorga’s legal team can appeal the court’s recommendation to dismiss, and has 14 days to challenge the court’s decision.
Lawyers for the Portuguese attacker alleged that Mayorga’s legal team gave stolen papers to Las Vegas police, who were investigating the allegations.
In a recommendation to Magistrate Daniel Albridgets, who is handling the case, he blamed Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, for basing the case on leaked and stolen documents containing privileged contacts between Ronaldo and his lawyer.
In his recommendation to US District Judge Jennifer Dorsey, Albridgets wrote: “The dismissal of Mayorga’s case due to the inappropriate conduct of her attorney is a harsh outcome, but unfortunately it is the only appropriate punishment to ensure the integrity of the judicial process.”
Mayorga had claimed that she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo in 2009, but the Don, who denied the allegations, settled the case with Mayorga 12 years ago for 375,000 pounds, according to the British newspaper, “The Mirror”.
Mayorga then sought to overturn that original settlement in 2018 and is now working to obtain more than £56m in damages.