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Cristiano Ronaldo's Legal Team Seeking $626K After Rape Allegation Lawsuit Dismissal

Adam WellsJune 30, 2022

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Cristiano Ronaldo's legal team is seeking a payment of $626,000 from the lawyer of Kathryn Mayorga after her lawsuit accusing him of rape was dismissed.

Per the Associated Press, Ronaldo's attorney, Peter Christiansen, asked United States District Court Judge Jennifer Dorsey to make Mayorga's attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, personally responsible for the payment.

On June 10, Dorsey dismissed the case against Ronaldo for "bad-faith conduct" by Stovall because his case centered on stolen or leaked documents.

In 2018, Mayorga filed a lawsuit in Clark County, Nevada, accusing Ronaldo of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.

Mayorga said she was coerced by Ronaldo and his legal team into signing a settlement and non-disclosure agreement in exchange for a payment of $375,000 at the time but argued the agreement should be thrown out.

Mayorga's accusation and non-disclosure agreement was first reported by Football Leaks (via German newspaper Der Spiegel). Christian Schertz, a lawyer for the Manchester United star, called the reporting of the news "blatantly illegal" in a statement released after the woman's lawsuit came out.

"It violates the personal rights of our client Cristiano Ronaldo in an exceptionally serious way," Schertz said. "This is an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy."

Ronaldo denied the allegations in the lawsuit.

"I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me," he wrote on Twitter in 2018 (h/t CNN.com). "Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in."

According to the Associated Press report, Ronaldo's legal team "does not dispute Ronaldo met Mayorga and they had sex in June 2009, but maintained it was consensual."

Mayorga also requested that a police investigation be opened after filing her lawsuit, but Clark County district attorney Steve Wolfson announced in July 2019 that no criminal charges would be filed because the allegations could not "be proven beyond a reasonable doubt."

Dorsey's ruling earlier this month meant Mayorga did not have the option to file her lawsuit again.

Stovall must respond to the latest request from Ronaldo's team with the court by July 8.

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