Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Denies Rape Allegations At Press Conference Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo's 2009 alleged rape case might be open to the public, as signaled by a Las Vegas federal court.

On Friday, the US Magistrate Judge Daniel Albregts claimed that denying the New York Times access to what police collected "would almost certainly raise the 'specter of government censorship.'"

US District Judge Jennifer Dorsey had ruled that the documents were confidential. However, Albregts has now said that Dorsey's order to prevent the release of the 2010 agreement does not apply to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and does not block them from "disseminating its criminal investigative file." He then suggested that Dorsey transfer the newspaper's request from federal court to a Nevada judge.

According to Albregts, "all parties came to agree" that state court, not federal court, is the proper venue to decide whether police must release the report. "To find that the protective order restricts dissemination of the information it gained from other sources would offend the First Amendment."

Former model Kathryn Mayorga met the Portuguese footballer at a Las Vegas nightclub in June 2009. She reportedly went with Ronaldo back to his hotel suite, together with other people, where she alleged Ronaldo raped her. Mayorga was 25 years old at the time, while Ronaldo was 24. Mayorga went to Las Vegas police at the time; however, the investigation was closed because she did not identify her alleged attacker by name or say where the incident took place, the authorities said.

Mayorga reportedly signed a secrecy agreement in 2010 and accepted a $375,000 settlement from Ronaldo's representatives. She then sued the Man Utd striker in 2018, confirming through her attorneys that she was coerced into the settlement.

Ronaldo's attorneys do not dispute his sexual intercourse with Mayorga. But. they firmly insisted it was consensual and not rape, according to Associated Press.

Mayorga's lawsuit alleged Ronaldo or his associates broke the confidentiality pact when German news outlet Der Spiegel published an article about the case in 2017. The lawsuit accused Ronaldo and reputation-protection "fixers" of conspiracy, defamation, breach of contract, coercion and fraud. Mayorga's lawyer Leslie Mark Stovall said damages should amount to $25 million plus attorney fees.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo's legal team blamed the published reports on electronic data hacked from law firms and other entities. They alleged the information was altered or fabricated.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United looks dejected during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford at Old Trafford on February 26, 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus via Getty Images

© 2024 Latin Times. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.