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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas police report filed a decade after a woman first filed a sexual assault complaint against international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 was wrongly filed Tuesday. went public, before a Nevada judge backed down and sealed it.
Clark County District Court Judge Jasmine Lilly Spills decided to at least temporarily follow a federal court order that shields the public from the results of the police investigation, a confidentiality agreement with the alleged rape victim and Ronaldo and Stolen recordings of attorney-client discussions between Ronaldo. His lawyers
“The court orders that the temporary seal remain in place,” Lily Spills said, calling for written arguments on Sept. 6 from defense attorneys for Ronaldo, wife Catherine Mayorga, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. newspaper
Mayorga went to Las Vegas police after the June 2009 incident, but the criminal investigation was dropped because she neither identified her alleged assailant nor said where the incident happened, police and prosecutors said.
Police reopened the rape investigation when Mayorga filed a civil suit against Ronaldo in 2018. But Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson declined to pursue criminal charges, saying too many connections were needed to prove the case to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.
On Tuesday, a judge denied a request by the Las Vegas police to decide whether the department could be sued by Ronaldo for damages if it released the records. The documents are not made part of the court’s public record.
As part of that order, Lilly Spills announced that several other pending items have been stayed — including an interim order keeping the disputed documents sealed pending a hearing. As the arguments extended into the afternoon, the judge admitted the mistake and corrected it.
A decision has yet to be made on whether the documents must be released under Nevada’s public records law, after Mayorga and her attorneys lost a U.S. District Court case challenging the validity of a confidentiality agreement with Mayorga. Paid $375,000 in 2010.
The Associated Press typically does not name those who say they are victims of sexual assault. But Mayorga, through his lawyers, consented to be named in the news.
The New York Times began fighting to release the records in federal court, and the Journal Review began fighting in state court. Attorney Margaret McLachey represented both newspapers.
Ronaldo’s lawyers, led by Peter Christian and Kendley Works, have fought every step of the four-year legal battle to prevent the documents from being made public.
Mayorga’s attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, has called for their release, sometimes including them in court filings before Ronaldo’s lawyers take swift legal action to keep them sealed.
U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey in June dismissed Mayorga’s civil suit _ which was moved to federal court in 2019, where Stovall sought at least $25 million more in damages and attorney fees from Ronaldo.
Stovall appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to dismiss Dorsey’s case.
Mayorga’s lawyers alleged that Ronaldo or his associates had breached a confidentiality agreement before a German news outlet, Der Spiegel, published an article in April 2017 titled “Cristiano Ronaldo’s Secret” that The documents were obtained based on a court filing called “Whistleblower Leakball Football Portal.” .”
Ronaldo’s lawyers argue that the “football letter” documents and confidentiality agreement are the product of privileged lawyer-client discussions and there is no guarantee they are authentic.
They are also asking Dorsey to order Stovall to pay more than $626,000 in court costs and fees to punish him for what Dorsey said _ in a scathing remark _ by a court officer. Labeled “bad faith conduct” and misusing the letter and stealing documents to pursue the Mayorga case.
The judge wrote “the fact that he was not the original thief does not add any element of innocence to the accounting of documents from third parties regardless of their apparent privilege and confidential nature or the suspicious circumstances surrounding them.” “
Mayorga is a former model and teacher who lives in the Las Vegas area. Her lawsuit states that she met Ronaldo at a nightclub and accompanied him and other people to his hotel suite, where she claims he assaulted her in the bedroom. She was 25 years old then. He was 24 years old.
Ronaldo’s legal team does not dispute that Ronaldo met Mayorga and they had sex in June 2009, but maintains it was consensual.
Ronaldo, now 37, is one of the highest paid and most recognized sports stars in the world. He plays for English Premier League club Manchester United and has captained the national team of his country, Portugal. He played for Turin-based club Juventus in Italy in recent years.