CRISTIANO Ronaldo’s legal professionals allegedly threatened his rape accuser with “public publicity” and “humiliation” if she continued talking to police investigating her declare.
Kathryn Mayorga had reported the alleged rape in a Las Vegas lodge room to police and in addition sued the Man Utd ace.
But it surely’s alleged that prime legal professionals representing Ronaldo and dealing with the civil case warned her that if she continues to speak to the police they would not proceed settlement and would publicly accuse her of extortion.
The bombshell declare was revealed in a courtroom transcript unearthed by The Solar.
Mayorga’s legal professional Leslie Mark Stovall informed the US District Courtroom in September final yr that Ronaldo’s legal professionals had executed their homework on Mayorga and knew she was “susceptible to a really highly effective particular person and she or he was terrified of publicity.”
Stovall cited emails between Ronaldo’s legal professionals which have been uncovered by whistleblowing web site Soccer Leaks and mentioned they “labored that angle”.
“What they did is that they – and you will see it all through the negotiations. ‘Effectively, should you proceed to speak to Metro, we’re not going to proceed settlement and we’re going to publically (sic) accuse you of extortion, that you simply had consensual intercourse and that you simply’re now attempting to extort cash from this well-known, well-known particular person.’
“And he or she was scared of that. And that continued to be repeated and repeated and repeated all through their correspondence. There was a menace.”
Stovall mentioned Mayorga “complied” and stopped speaking with police, though she did later cooperate in a later probe.
He mentioned: “You possibly can take a look at the investigative report from Metro and you will note she stopped talking to them early on. Why?
“As a result of she was threatened with public publicity and humiliation by defendant’s attorneys. And it is documented in these e-mails.”
In the end, Stovall insists, Ronaldo’s legal professionals succeeded of their technique, managing to delay the prosecution.
“When Metro reopened it (in 2019) after which determined that that they had a case and requested the DA to prosecute it, he deferred.”
He added: “I am unable to consider – to me, I am unable to consider a extra clearer case of an obstruction or a compounding of against the law by legal professionals and a celebration.”
Final yr legal professionals for Ronaldo slammed Mayorga’s legal professional, nonetheless, claiming he obtained stolen paperwork from a hacker.
They wrote in courtroom papers in June that attorneys on the Stovall & Associates agency acquired paperwork labeled “attorney-client communications” via Soccer Leaks.
“Stovall deliberately sought stolen paperwork from an alleged cyber hacker and never solely used these paperwork as reveals to public filings on this case, but in addition as assist for his request that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Division reopen a decade previous investigation to prosecute the Defendant,” the lawyer wrote.
The famous person striker has fiercely denied raping Mayorga on the Palms Lodge and On line casino on 12 June 2009.
Ron, 37, settled together with his accuser in a civil case the place she accepted a £276,000 “hush” fee, however she is now in search of an extra £56 million in damages.
Regardless of the police probe being dropped, the civil case remains to be ongoing.
Ronaldo’s authorized workforce has at all times claimed that the police investigated the alleged rape twice in 2009 and 2018 – and located there was no case to reply.
And the star himself denies the allegations and maintains he had consensual intercourse with Mayorga.
Reps for Ronaldo declined to remark whereas his legal professionals have been approached for remark.