Cristiano Ronaldo ‘tried to prevent publication of police files relating to sexual assault case brought by Kathryn Mayorga’… with Man United star’s legal team objecting to documents being published as they were obtained illegally
- Cristiano Ronaldo tried to prevent publication of police files concerning a sexual assault case against him, according to a report
- Ronaldo is fighting an attempt to give a newspaper access to the 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 firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything I am and believe in.’
Cristiano Ronaldo 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 forward has been accused of raping US citizen Kathryn Mayorga in a hotel room in 2009, weeks before he signed for Real Madrid from United for a then world record transfer fee.
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’s report, Ronaldo’s legal team argue that the information was obtained illegally by Football Leaks and was a breach of attorney-client privilege.
Ms Mayora’s lawyers agree that the information should not be published until a court has pronounced on whether it infringes the footballer’s legal rights but they believe the remaining documents, said to be over 400, should be released to The New York Times.
A Las Vegas court is to hear next week how Cristiano Ronaldo tried to prevent the publication of police files relating to a sexual assault case against him
American model-turned-teacher Kathryn Mayorga claimed Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 after the pair met on a night out (pictured) in the city
Judge Jennifer A Dorsey will hear legal arguments from both sides in court on Tuesday, according to The Mirror, with a final hearing on 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 encouraged by the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct following accusations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and other famous figures.
She is now seeking more than £56 million in damages and costs.
Ronaldo (left) and his rape accuser Kathryn Mayorga (right) pictured on the night the pair met in Las Vegas in 2009 and the alleged rape took place
Mayorga (right)’s legal team believe a newspaper should be allowed access to police documents relating to the case
Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez (right) has stood by him over the claims
Ronaldo has always maintained his relations with Mayorga were consensual.
In 2018, Ronaldo said: ‘I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything I am and believe in.’
Ronaldo’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez, has also stood by him over the claims.