NEWS
Wednesday June 5 2019
Ronaldo rape allegations dropped?

Allegations of rape against Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo have been dropped, according to Bloomberg.

The news agency reports a notice of voluntary dismissal was filed last month in Nevada state court in Las Vegas.

The filing did not say whether his accuser, Ms Kathryn Mayorga, had reached a settlement with Ronaldo.

Ms Mayorga, 34, filed a report with Las Vegas police last September, alleging she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo at a hotel penthouse suite in the city in 2009.

She reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo in 2010, receiving $375,000 (£288,000) to never go public with the allegations, but her lawyers argued the non-disclosure agreement was void.

Nevada police proceeded to reopen its investigation into the former model and school teacher’s accusations, which Ronaldo has strenuously denied and for which he has never been charged.

Las Vegas police issued a warrant in January to obtain Ronaldo’s DNA to see if it matched that found on Mayorga’s dress.

The case saw Juve’s share price fall by 15 percent, while the 34-year-old was replaced as the figurehead of EA Sports game FIFA 19 shortly after.

The Portuguese scored 28 goals and provided 13 assists for Juve last season – his first since a €112m transfer from Real Madrid.

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