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Rape lawsuit against Cristiano Ronaldo thrown out by US judge

A US judge dismissed the Las Vegas rape case against Cristiano Ronaldo.

After she claimed that he had raped him in Las Vegas, 2009, the Manchester United player had given a woman $375,000 in Hush Money.

Although the lawsuit was seeking a second payout that could have reached into the millions, US District Judge Jennifer Dorsey tossed the case out of court Friday due to bad-faith conduct, the theft of confidential documents, and the use of stolen documents.

In her 42-page ruling, the judge stated that dismissing a case without the possibility of reopening it is a severe punishment, but that Ronaldo was harmed due to the behavior of Leslie Mark Stovall, the woman’s attorney.

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Judge Dorsey stated that Mr Stovall had “misappropriated documents”, which were “woven into” the case of the plaintiff, making it permanent dismissed.

She wrote in her ruling: “I find that procurement and continued usage of these documents were bad faith.”

“Simply disqualifying Stovall won’t cure the prejudice to Ronaldo, because the misappropriated documents have been woven into [the plaintiffs] claims.

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The ruling stated that “Harsh Sanctions are merited”.

Ronaldo stated in a statement that he strongly denied the allegations against him. Rape is an abominable offense that goes against all that I believe and am.

His legal team stated that the sexual encounter was consensual, and that confidentiality agreements prevent him and the woman discussing it.

The decision could be appealed by the woman’s legal team.

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