Cristiano Ronaldo, who was accused of a rape back in 2009, has recently confirmed that he had paid money to the woman to settle down matters.
A women named Kathryn Mayorga had previously filed a case of sexual abuse by a famous football star in Las Vegas in 2009. After initially failing to name the “football star”, she later filed a lawsuit against Ronaldo, with accusations of Ronaldo sexually abusing her.
In her original lawsuit, Mayorga said that she was paid an amount of $375,000 in exchange for her silence. But eventually, she wanted to open up.
The Portugal footballer, all along, kept denying all the allegations on him, saying it was everything against what he believed.
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” Ronaldo had said.
“Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.”
“My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.”
But in the latest of revelations, Ronaldo filed new court documents to throw out the case. Interestingly these documents show that Ronaldo accepts of paying a sum of $ 375,000 to the woman.
“Mr. Ronaldo paid Plaintiff the sum of $375,000 and both parties agreed to be bound by explicit confidentiality and non-disparagement obligations,” a part of the new court docs filed by Ronaldo read.
But he also said that the settlement money is NOT an admission of guilt, but just the cost of keeping a legal dispute out of the media.
Ronaldo, even after multiple efforts from Mayorga to prove him guilty, remains free with lack of evidence. The Juventus forward has however, never denied that the two met in Las Vegas in 2009, but said that what happened between them was consensual.
The last statement in the case read, “Based upon a review of information at this time, the allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming.”
This is not the first time that Ronaldo is involved in a court case. Earlier this year, he had nearly escaped jail, for which he had to pay a hefty amount as a penalty to tax evasions.
Intrestingly both these big lawsuits filed against him came just before him making a move to another club. In 2009, he was in Manchester United while the rape accusations fell on him, and he made his move to Real Madrid. And his move to Italy from Spain also came after the allegations of tax fraud.