A USA Court of appeals is letting a federal judge in Nevada decide claims by a woman suing Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo over a $375,000 hush-money settlement reached in a rape case more than a decade ago.
U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey said in September she would decide whether Kathryn Mayorga was mentally fit to enter the confidentiality agreement with Ronaldo’s representatives in 2010.
Mayorga’s attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, appealed part of Dorsey’s ruling that said a dispute over the legality of the agreement was eligible for arbitration. The ruling also allowed Ronaldo’s attorneys to keep documents out of the case and stated that the case was not eligible for a jury trial.
The order by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco was dated 13 January and an attorney for Ronaldo in Las Vegas, Peter Christiansen, declined to comment on Monday about the case being returned to Dorsey.
The Associated Press generally doesn’t name people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but Mayorga gave consent through Stovall in 2018 to be identified.
Mayorga, who is now 37-years-old is a former teacher and model who lives in the Las Vegas area.
Stovall acknowledges she received money not to talk about meeting Ronaldo at a Las Vegas nightclub in 2009 and going with him and other people to his hotel suite where she alleges he sexually assaulted her in a bedroom.
Mayorga went public with the account in a lawsuit filed by Stovall in Nevada state court in September 2018. The case was moved to federal court a few months later.
Mayorga alleges that Ronaldo or his associates violated the confidentiality agreement by allowing reports of it to appear in European publications in 2017.
Through his lawyers, Ronaldo has maintained sex with Mayorga was consensual.
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By Ofhani Munyai