Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegation: state lawsuit against footballer dropped

  • Woman has alleged star assaulted her in Las Vegas hotel room
  • Las Vegas police say their investigation are still open
  • State case has been dropped so it can be refiled, says report

A lawsuit filed last September in a Nevada court accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of rape has been dropped. Kathryn Mayorga, who came forward with her story last year, claims the Juventus and Portugal star used “fixers” to stop her pursuing criminal charges, including paying her $375,000 to keep quiet. She has alleged Ronaldo assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.

However, Rafael Buschmann, a journalist for Der Spiegel, says the state case has only been dropped so it can be refiled in federal court. Las Vegas police confirmed to the Guardian in an email that their investigation is still open. “The LVMPD criminal investigation involving Cristiano Ronaldo is still ongoing,” wrote a spokesperson.

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