Cristiano Ronaldo: Kathryn Mayorga demands £56m in damages over rape allegation

Kathryn Mayorga claims Ronaldo, then of Manchester United, sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009

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Thursday 29 April 2021 13:08 BST
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The former model Kathryn Mayorga who accused Cristiano Ronaldo of rape is claiming for £56m in damages.

Mayorga claims Ronaldo, then of Manchester United, sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 after the pair met on a night out. Ronaldo has strongly denied the allegations against him.

The Mirror reports newly released court documents which reveal Mayorga wants £18m for “past pain and suffering, £18m for “future pain and suffering” and £18m in punitive damages, as well as a further £1.5m to cover her legal costs. 

In 2010 Mayorga accepted £270,000 from Ronaldo in a non-disclosure agreement, but she filed a civil lawsuit in Las Vegas in 2018 claiming she had been“mentally incapacitated” at the time.

Mayorga’s legal team has filed a list of more than 60 witnesses, according to the Mirror, which includes Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes and the Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli. 

Ronaldo, who earns £26m per year from his club Juve, said in an Instagram video in 2018: “No, no, no, no, no. What they said today? Fake, fake news. They want to promote my name. It’s normal. They want to be famous to say my name, but it is part of the job. I am a happy man and all good.”

The Clark County District Attorney’s Office announced earlier this year that Ronaldo would not be tried in a criminal court, saying: “The allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Mayorga, a schoolteacher who was working as a model when she met the football player, accused Ronaldo of raping her in his room at the Palms Casino Resort in June of 2019, shortly after they met in a nightclub.

In a lawsuit filed in February, attorneys for Ms Mayorga said she was manipulated and put under pressure by Ronaldo’s “fixers” to agree to a $375,000 settlement in 2010. That agreement came with a non-disclosure agreement, which her lawyers have attempted to void.

Ronaldo’s lawyer acknowledged the existence of this settlement but said it was “by no means a confession of guilt”.

A description of the Clark County DA’s office decision not to prosecute, obtained by TMZ, says that Ms Mayorga “refused to identify him or disclose where the crime occurred” when she filed her initial report.

“As a result, the police were unable to follow investigative protocols for sexual assault cases or to conduct any meaningful investigation,” the description continues.

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