Back in 2018, a woman named Kathryn Mayorga accused Cristiano Ronaldo of raping her in a hotel room in the United States in 2009. Ronaldo has always denied the claim.
In 2009, Las Vegas Nevada Police investigated a complaint but they said they did not have any suspect. At the time of the report, the victim did not provide any suspect description or location of the incident.
In 2010, Mayorga and Ronaldo reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement, she received $375,000 (£288,000) for agreeing never to go public with the allegations.
Cristiano Ronaldo was never criminally charged with rape, but Mayorga did sue him in 2018 for battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, coercion, fraud, abuse of a vulnerable person, racketeering, defamation, abuse of process, negligence and breach of contract.
Now, the case is moving towards a trial before a judge in Las Vegas Nevada. The dates for the trial have not been set yet.
US District Judge, Jennifer Dorsey, said that she will hear the arguments to decide whether Kathryn Mayorga was mentally fit and stable when the out of court settlement of $375,000 was agreed upon.
Dorsey said that the court should decide if Mayorga was in the right state of mind to agree to any such deal. Mayorga’s lawyer insists that Mayorga had learning disabilities as a child and she was forced to sign the agreement by Ronaldo’s representatives.
Ronaldo’s lawyers have refused to comment on the latest developments. District Judge has given both sides a deadline of the end of November to agree on a plan for a bench trial.
Mayorga has further claimed that Ronaldo’s representatives violated their confidentiality agreement by leaking reports in European publications. Ronaldo’s lawyers on the other hand claim that the reports were electronically hacked, stolen and leaked by cybercriminals.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who is Portugal’s captain and leading goal scorer, might have to appear in court if the trial does go through.