A magistrate judge in Nevada has recommended dismissal of the civil case in relation to the decade old sexual assault allegation made against footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo by former model, Kathryn Mayorga.
The magistrate judge, Daniel Albregts on Wednesday blamed Kathryn Mayorga’s attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, for basing the case on leaked and stolen documents that Albregts said were privileged communications between Ronaldo and his lawyers.
“Dismissing Mayorga’s case for the inappropriate conduct of her attorney is a harsh result. But it is, unfortunately, the only appropriate sanction to ensure the integrity of the judicial process,"
Albregts wrote in his recommendation to Judge Jennifer Dorsey.
Ronaldo for his part in 2018 maintained that his relations with Mayorga were consensual by stating, "I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.”
Mayorga's legal team could yet object to the court's recommendation for dismissal and have 14 days to object to the court's decision, with the criminal case in relation to the allegation already being dismissed by the Las Vegas District Attorney.
Ms Mayorga had alleged that she was sexually assaulted in a Las Vegas hotel room following a night out with the footballer in 2009. As per the Mirror, the 36-year-old had settled a case with Ms Mayorga 12 years ago for £375,000. However, she sought to overturn that original settlement in 2018 and is now seeking more than £56million in damages and costs.