Cristiano Ronaldo loses bid to dismiss rape lawsuit

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Cristiano Ronaldo has lost a bid for the dismissal or complete secrecy in a federal lawsuit by a Nevada woman who accuses him of raping her at a Las Vegas resort more than a decade ago.

Lawyer Larissa Drohobyczer, representing Ronaldo’s accuser, Kathryn Mayorga, said she was satisfied with US District Judge Jennifer Dorsey’s ruling in Las Vegas on Friday.

Last month, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Ronaldo will face criminal charges in the matter- with his lawyers saying the pair had consensual sex in June 2009.

Ms Mayorga’s lawsuit seeks monetary damages of at least 200,000 US dollars (£165,000).

It alleges that Ronaldo or people working for him allowed word to become public last year of a hush-money settlement that paid her 375,000 US dollars (£310,000).

The judge rejected Ronaldo’s claim that releasing court records would have “weaponised the allegations in this case,” risk public scandal and harm Ronaldo’s reputation and endorsements.

Via CBC / 7News

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