Sports | October 7, 2020 10:29 am

Cristiano Ronaldo Rape Case Hush-Money Deal to Be Examined in Court

A judge is going to decide if the alleged victim “lacked the mental capacity” to sign a confidentiality arrangement

Cristiano Ronaldo Rape Case Hush-Money Deal Will be Examined in Court
Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus gestures before a Serie A match in September 2020.
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A federal judge will hear arguments about whether a woman who claims Cristiano Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel suite more than a decade ago was mentally fit to enter a 2010 hush-money agreement with the Juventus star’s representatives, according to The Associated Press.

Jennifer Dorsey, a U.S. district judge in Nevada, is going to decide whether Kathryn Mayorga “lacked the mental capacity” to sign a confidentiality arrangement with Ronaldo’s representatives in exchange for $375,000.

No trial date was immediately set, and it is not immediately clear whether Ronaldo or Mayorga will have to be in court in person.

Mayorga, 37, alleges Ronaldo assaulted her in a bedroom in a hotel suite after they met at a Vegas nightclub in 2009. She claims in her lawsuit that the confidentiality agreement she agreed to afterward was violated when reports about it appeared in European publications in 2017. She blames Ronaldo and his reps for the information leaking to the press and is seeking to collect an additional $200,000.

Ronaldo could also face legal action for violating Italian coronavirus rules for leaving the Juventus team hotel without awaiting test results to rejoin the Portuguese national team, health authorities in Turin said on Wednesday.

“The club itself told us that some players had left the place of isolation and therefore we will notify the competent authority, that is the prosecutor, of what happened,” said Roberto Testi, a director of the health authority in the Piedmont region.