Nevada choose dismisses rape case towards Cristiano Ronaldo, citing lawyer’s conduct

A Nevada lady has misplaced her bid in a US court docket to power worldwide soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo to pay tens of millions of {dollars} greater than the $375,000 in hush cash she obtained after claiming he raped her in Las Vegas in 2009.

US District Decide Jennifer Dorsey in Las Vegas kicked the case out of court docket on Friday to punish the lady’s legal professional, Leslie Mark Stovall, for “bad-faith conduct” and the usage of “purloined” confidential paperwork that the choose mentioned tainted the case past redemptions.

Dorsey mentioned in her 42-page order that dismissing a case outright with no choice to file it once more is a extreme sanction, however mentioned Ronaldo had been harmed by Stovall’s conduct.

“I discover that the procurement and continued use of those paperwork was dangerous religion, and easily disqualifying Stovall is not going to treatment the unfairness to Ronaldo as a result of the misappropriated paperwork and their confidential contents have been woven into the very cloth of [plaintiff Kathryn] Mayorga’s claims,” the ruling mentioned. “Harsh sanctions are merited.”

Stovall didn’t instantly reply Saturday to phone and electronic mail messages. Textual content messages to affiliate Larissa Drohobyczer weren’t answered. They might attraction the choice to the US ninth Circuit Courtroom of Appeals in San Francisco.

Ronaldo’s legal professional in Las Vegas, Peter Christiansen, was touring and was not instantly reachable for remark.

The Related Press typically doesn’t title alleged victims of sexual assault, however Mayorga gave consent by means of her attorneys to make her title public.