Rape case against Cristiano Ronaldo dropped by accuser

Tanya Simon
June 5, 2019

According to the complaint, Ronaldo, then 24, was on vacation in Las Vegas and met her in the Rain nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort before inviting her to a party in his suite. "The state case was dismissed by us because we filed the identical claims in federal court due to federal court's rules on serving foreigners".

Las Vegas police had opened an investigation following the allegations, requesting Italian police for a sample of Ronaldo's DNA.

The American media outlet says the alleged victim, Kathryn Mayorga, "quietly" dropped the claim against the Juventus forward last month. Kathryn Mayorga, who came forward with her story previous year, claims the Juventus and Portugal star used "fixers" to stop her pursuing criminal charges, including paying her $375,000 to keep quiet.

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It had earlier been reported that Juventus had decided not to participate in the International Champions Cup tournament held in the United States because of the complexity of the matter and the possibility of Ronaldo being detained by officials and authorities in the country.

Ronaldo's Las Vegas-based lawyer, Peter Christiansen, did not return a message seeking comment on Wednesday. His marketing potential supercharged Juventus, with the club's stock price doubling in the months after the Turin-based team signed him from Spain's Real Madrid on July 10 a year ago. Ronaldo has previously denied the allegations against him.

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