Following allegations that Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo had assaulted a woman at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009, a decade later, a judge has recommended that the civil rape case made against him be thrown out of court
Magistrate judge Daniel Albregts, says evidence presented based on leaked communication between the footballer and his legal team should not have been admissible in court.
“Dismissing [the] case for the inappropriate conduct of her attorney is a harsh result,” Albregts wrote.
But “if the court does not grant case-terminating sanctions, [her lawyer’s] actions could have far-reaching, dangerous consequences on the legitimacy of the judicial process”.
Earlier in 2019, the football star could not be prosecuted because the claims could “not be proven beyond reasonable doubt,” according to prosecutors.
However, Ronaldo has always denied any wrong-doing.
Prosecutors opted not to bring a criminal case against Ronaldo in 2019, saying the claims could “not be proven beyond reasonable doubt”.
“We are pleased with the court’s detailed review of this matter and its willingness to justly apply the law to the facts and recommend dismissal of the civil case against Mr Ronaldo,” he said.