Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who was accused of rape of a resident of Las Vegas, has demanded $626,000 from the woman’s lawyers after the case was dismissed on June 10 by US District Judge Jennifer Dorsey. Peter Christensen has reportedly sent a letter to Dorsey demanding the plaintiff’s attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, be liable for the payment.
Kathryn Mayorga, a resident of Las Vegas had accused the Portuguese star of raping her a decade ago. Mayorga had filed the case in 2018. However, the lady lost the case after the US District Judge found out that Mayorga’s attorney Mark Stovall had used leaked and stolen documents to prove the accusation.
Jennifer Dorsey found out that Stovall “Crossed the border of ethical behavior before he filed this action, and his disregard for the rules of this court has continued unabated” and hence the case was dismissed. Post the judge’s verdict, Ronaldo’s attorney wrote to the judge to hold the opposition’s attorney liable for the payment.
“Given Stovall’s abuses and flagrant misconduct, Stovall should be made personally responsible for ensuring Ronaldo is reimbursed for having to defend against his vexatious and bad faith conduct,” read the statement from Peter Christensen.
Notably, Christensen tabled attorney fees at between $350 and $850 per hour for around 1,200 hours of work. Mayorga’s civil lawsuit sought more than $25 million in damages, including attorney fees for Stovall.
What was the case?
Kathryn Mayorga had alleged that Ronaldo, who was then 24 years of age had assaulted her after the two met at a nightclub in June 2009 and went to a hotel suite. Meanwhile, the Manchester United star’s attorneys have not disputed that the pair had sexual intercourse, but said that it was consensual.
Las Vegas police reopened their rape investigation after Mayorga’s lawsuit was filed in 2018. However, a year later, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson decided not to pursue criminal charges as “too much time had passed to prove the case to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt”.