Cristiano Ronaldo Vegas Rape Lawsuit
A Nevada woman has lost her bid in a U.S. court to force Cristiano Ronaldo to pay millions of dollars more than the $375,000 settlement she received after alleging he raped her in Las Vegas in 2009.
U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey in Las Vegas kicked the case out of court on Friday to punish the woman's attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall,
for "bad-faith conduct" and the use of "purloined" confidential documents that the judge said tainted the case beyond redemption.
Dorsey said in her 42-page order that dismissing a case outright with no option to file it again is a severe sanction, but she said Ronaldo had been harmed by Stovall's conduct.
"I find that the procurement and continued use of these documents was bad faith, and simply disqualifying Stovall will not cure the prejudice to Ronaldo..
..because the misappropriated documents and their confidential contents have been woven into the very fabric of [plaintiff Kathryn] Mayorga's claims," the ruling said.
Stovall did not immediately respond Saturday to telephone and email messages. Text messages to associate Larissa Drohobyczer were not answered.
They could appeal the decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.