A US judge has dismissed a Las Vegas rape case against Manchester United and Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, Britain’s Sky News reported on Saturday.
The verdict comes almost three years after prosecutors said no charges would be brought against Ronaldo in Las Vegas for sexually assaulting the 10-year-old because the case could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt.
Catherine Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in Nevada State Court in September 2018 alleging that Ronaldo raped her in a 2009 penthouse suite at a Las Vegas hotel, after which she was fined 37 375,000.
Ronaldo, who plays for Premier League club Manchester United, has claimed his innocence.
U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey dismissed the case Friday, citing court documents.
The judge said a direct dismissal of a lawsuit is a strict injunction with no option but to re-file, but Ronaldo was hurt by the behavior of the woman’s lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall.
The judge ruled in his favor, saying “I found that collecting and using these documents was a bad faith.”
“Just declaring Stoval incompetent will not dispel the prejudice against Ronaldo because the misused documents and their confidential content (the plaintiff’s) claim are woven into the fabric.
“Strict sanctions are deserved.”
Reuters contacted Stoval for comment.
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