No charges against Cristiano Ronaldo for alleged rape
In the case of the rape allegation against football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the prosecutor of Clark County in the US state of Nevada wants to raise no charges. "Based on a review of the information provided (...), the allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo regarding a sexual assault can not be proven beyond doubt," the Las Vegas public prosecutor's office said Monday. Therefore, the case will not be prosecuted.
American Kathryn Mayorga accused Ronaldo of raping her in Las Vegas in 2009. Ronaldo had always rejected that. According to the athlete, what happened in Las Vegas between the two was consensual, his lawyer Peter Christiansen had said.
The SPIEGEL first reported in 2017 on the allegations
According to Mayorgas, the then 24-year-old footballer met her at a nightclub in Las Vegas. He then invited her into his hotel suite and raped her there, according to the complaint. He then apologized and stated that he was "usually a gentleman".
In 2017, SPIEGEL reported for the first time on the allegations and the silence agreement on the basis of documents from the leaflet Football Leaks. Mayorga also gave the SPIEGEL an interview shortly before filing her claim, in which she made her accusations public for the first time. Subsequently, the police also resumed their investigations.
After the lawsuit became known, shares of Ronaldo's Club Juventus Turin collapsed. Ronaldo had joined Real Madrid a year ago for about 100 million euros. Last season he had led the team to the eighth championship title in series.