Cristiano Ronaldo ‘tried to prevent the publication of police files relating to a sexual assault case brought by Kathryn Mayorga’… with the Man United star’s legal team opposing the release of documents as they had were obtained illegally
- Cristiano Ronaldo Tried To Block Release Of Police Files Of Sexual Assault Case Against Him, Report Says
- Ronaldo fights back against attempt to give newspaper access to documents
- US citizen Kathryn Mayorga has accused the Manchester United and Portugal forward of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009
- Ronaldo said in 2018: “I strongly deny the charges against me. Rape is a heinous crime that goes against everything I am and believe in.
Cristiano Ronaldo has tried to prevent the publication of police files relating to a sexual assault case against him, a court will hear next week, according to reports.
The Manchester United and Portugal striker was accused of raping US citizen Kathryn Mayorga in a hotel room in 2009, weeks before he signed for Real Madrid from United on a transfer fee then world record.
And according to The Mirror, Ronaldo is fighting an attempt to give The New York Times newspaper access to the documents, which are being held by Las Vegas police.
The allegation, which Ronaldo has always denied, first came to light in 2018 following an investigation by German magazine Der Spiegel, prompted by information obtained by the Football Leaks website.
According to The Mirror report, Ronaldo’s legal team claim the information was obtained illegally by Football Leaks and constituted a breach of solicitor-client privilege.
Ms Mayora’s lawyers agree the information should not be released until a court decides whether it infringes the footballer’s legal rights, but they believe the remaining documents, which would be over 400, should be reported to the New York Times.
A Las Vegas court is due to hear next week how Cristiano Ronaldo tried to block the release of police records relating to a sexual assault case against him
US model-turned-teacher Kathryn Mayorga claimed Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 after the couple met at a party (pictured) in the city
Judge Jennifer A Dorsey will hear both sides’ legal arguments in court on Tuesday, according to The Mirror, with a final hearing into Ronaldo’s efforts to keep the files out of the public domain scheduled for a later date.
Last October, the case was recommended for dismissal by a Las Vegas court.
According to The Mirror and Der Spiegel, Ronaldo settled a case with Ms Mayorga 12 years ago for £375,000.
She then sought to overturn that original settlement in 2018 after being emboldened by the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct following accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and other famous figures.
She is now seeking more than £56million in damages.
Ronaldo (left) and his rape accuser Kathryn Mayorga (right) pictured the night the couple met in Las Vegas in 2009 and the alleged rape took place
Mayorga’s legal team (right) believe a newspaper should be allowed access to police documents relating to the case
Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez (right) backed him up over the claims
Ronaldo has always maintained that his relationship with Mayorga was consensual.
In 2018, Ronaldo said: “I strongly deny the charges against me. Rape is a heinous crime that goes against everything I am and believe in.
Ronaldo’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez, also backed him up over the claims.