Cristiano Ronaldo has always denied allegations of sexual harassment.© AFP
A U.S. judge has ruled in favor of dismissing a civil rape case against Cristiano Ronaldo in connection with an incident in Las Vegas a decade ago. Former model Katherine Majorca has accused Ronaldo of assaulting her in a hotel room in 2009. The criminal case against Manchester United was dismissed two years ago, with prosecutors saying sentencing was not possible. But Majorca, who relinquished his right to anonymity, took civil action for damages.
In a recommendation filed Wednesday, Magistrate Judge Daniel Albrechts recommended that Ronaldo’s motion to close the case be granted.
Albrecht, who will be reconsidered by a separate judge hearing the case, blamed Majorca’s lawyers for the move, saying they based their case on information leaked between Ronaldo and his legal team.
“Dismissing Majorca’s case for his lawyer’s misconduct was a tough decision,” Albrechts wrote.
But “if the court does not provide an injunction to end the case, (her lawyer’s) actions will have long-term, dangerous consequences on the legality of the judicial process.”
Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen welcomed the recommendation.
“We are pleased to have the court examine the matter thoroughly and to properly apply the law to the facts and to recommend the dismissal of the civil case against Mr. Ronaldo,” he said.
There was no immediate response to AFP’s request for comment from Majorca’s lawyers.
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