Cristiano Ronaldo’s rape case has been moved from a Nevada state court to a federal court.
The charges have not been dropped as the federal filing is identical to the Nevada.
Cristiano Ronaldo rape case overview
Kathryn Mayorga, 34, claims that Ronaldo sexually assaulted her in a Palms casino penthouse suite after they met in a nightclub. The alleged assault took place in June 2009, shortly after Ronaldo completed his move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
Mayorga claims Ronaldo sent “fixers” to obstruct the criminal assault investigation as well as buy her silence for $375,000.
Part of the 2010 out-of-court $375,000 settlement included a non-disclosure agreement. As Mayorga has re-pursued the case, her lawyers have stated that the accuser received a psychiatrist’s medical opinion rendering her “incompetent” to agree to the nearly decade-old settlement due to trauma suffered from the rape. Mayorga claims she was also manipulated by Ronaldo’s fixers to agree to the settlement.
For clarity as it’s been misreported, the case against Ronaldo–who strongly denies the allegations–has not been dropped. It has just been moved from Nevada state to federal court.
Juventus and Ronaldo avoid US match play during investigations
Juventus is taking part in the 2019 International Champions Cup, however they’re avoiding the US matches. To avoid Ronaldo’s possible detention, Juventus will only play in the Asian series of games.
While Nike, Ronaldo’s shoe sponsor, has expressed concern over the allegations, Juventus has kept it slightly less classy:
.@Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus. 1/1— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 4, 2018