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Cristiano Ronaldo Wins $334,637 From Rape Case After Charges Were Dropped


After her sex attack charges were rejected, football star Cristiano Ronaldo obtained 278,000 from the attorney of the woman who had accused him of rape.

On February 15, a US judge mandated that Leslie Stovall, Kathryn Mayorga’s attorney, deliver the money to Ronaldo in person.

It comes after the 38-year-old former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus forward claimed he had been prejudiced by the attorney’s reckless behavior in the case.

The star has always denied raping Mayorga, 40, in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009, insisting they had consensual sex, and police have never brought any charges.

Mayorga claimed Ronaldo had paid her 275,000 in 2010 to gag her from talking about the incident and stop her pursuing criminal charges.

But eight years later she filed the civil lawsuit seeking millions more after Football Leaks exposed details of communications between Ronaldo?s lawyers.

Then last June US district judge Jennifer Dorsey threw out that claim on the basis that she was unhappy over the way documents filed to the court were obtained.

?Ronaldo would not have incurred a majority of the fees and costs that he spent on this litigation had it not been for the plaintiff counsel?s bad faith,? said the judge in her latest ruling.

The judge also threw out a bid by former Mayorga to get to Ronaldo to produce his contract with his lawyer to see if he had benefited from any fee discounts.

The judge has accused Stovall of tainting the case ?beyond redemption? with his use of hacked documents detailing discussions between Ronaldo and his lawyers about the rape allegations.

Ronaldo and his lawyer have repeatedly said the documents were forged in an attempt to defame him.

He was awarded more than half of the 506,000 in legal fees he was trying to claw back and not the full amount.

?It was clear early on that Mayorga?s allegations were rooted in the purloined materials,? said the Las Vegas-based judge.

?Ronaldo shares at least part of the blame for this case dragging on for as long as it did although he had to recognise its dubious underpinnings.

?I thus decline to award fees for the work Ronaldo?s attorneys performed in discovery or preparation for trial, as that work could have been avoided.?