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A US district choose in Las Vegas has dismissed a rape lawsuit in opposition to soccer celebrity, castigating the authorized crew behind the criticism. Choose Jennifer Dorsey threw out the case introduced by Kathryn Mayorga of Nevada, who alleged she was assaulted by the Portuguese soccer star in a Las Vegas resort room in 2009. In a 42-page ruling launched Friday, the choose accused Mayorga’s attorneys of “abuses and flagrant circumvention of the right litigation course of” and mentioned that in consequence, “Mayorga loses her alternative to pursue this case.”
Her attorneys had really moved to dismiss the case voluntarily final month, US media mentioned, however Dorsey determined that their repeated use of illicitly obtained confidential paperwork meant the case needed to be dismissed “with prejudice” — which means it can’t be revived.
“Nothing lower than a with-prejudice dismissal will purge the taint that has permeated this case from its very inception and protect the integrity of the litigation course of,” Dorsey wrote.
Mayorga filed a criticism in September final yr alleging she was sexually assaulted by, who strongly denied the accusations.
Mayorga mentioned that whereas she had agreed to a monetary settlement with Ronaldo shortly after the alleged incident — reportedly for $375,000 — her emotional trauma on the time didn’t permit her to take part within the mediation course of.
However in making an attempt to revive the case, Dorsey discovered, Mayorga’s lawyer Leslie Stovall made repeated use of “cyber-hacked attorney-client privileged paperwork.”
That use of the paperwork was “unhealthy religion,” the choose dominated, “and easily disqualifying Stovall won’t treatment the bias to Ronaldo, as a result of the misappropriated paperwork and their confidential contents have been woven into the very cloth of Mayorga’s claims.”
Ronaldo is without doubt one of the largest stars of world soccer and is a five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s finest participant.
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