Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers have won a courtroom bid against a woman who accuses the footballer of raping her in Las Vegas in 2009.
Kathryn Mayorga, a former teacher and model, is raising questions about the validity of a confidentiality agreement and $375,000 hush money she received from the sports star in 2010.
US magistrate Daniel Albregts told Ms Mayorga’s lawyer that it will be up to a higher-level judge to decide if her effort to obtain more money advances will go to trial or be settled behind closed doors.
Mr Albregts handles filings and pre-trial arguments in the case, but Ronaldo’s lawyers want it dismissed or dealt with in private talks.
The judge said his preliminary review of settlement documents filed under seal in the civil lawsuit led him to agree with Ronaldo’s lawyers that the record should, at least for now, remain sealed.
Mayorga said in court documents she met the Portuguese footballer at a nightclub in 2009 and went with him and other people to his suite at the Palms Hotel and Casino, where he allegedly assaulted her in a bedroom.
Ronaldo, who is 34 and plays for the Italian side Juventus, maintains the sex was consensual.
US prosecutors said in July 2019 that Ronaldo would not face criminal charges over the sexual assault allegations.
Via Sky News