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Manchester United footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has had his rape lawsuit dismissed by a judge.
A woman in Nevada had been attempting to force the Portuguese forward to pay her millions of dollars after claiming he raped her in Las Vegas in 2009. However, district attorney Jennifer Dorsey kicked the case out of court on Friday.
The case has been dismissed in order to punish the woman's attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, as a result of their "bad-faith conduct" and use of "purloined" confidential documents which has been accredited with tainting the case beyond redemption by the judge.
Dorsey dismissed the case in a 42-page order which gives no option to file the case again. Although she explained that this is a severe sanction, she added that Ronaldo had been harmed by the conduct of Stovall.
The ruling read: “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 the plaintiff's claims. Harsh sanctions are merited."
The plaintiff had been seeking to force Ronaldo to pay her millions of dollars more than a previous payment she had received from the United striker. After claiming he had raped her in Las Vegas in 2009, she was paid $375,000 in hush money.
Ronaldo's legal team have not disputed that the two had sex but have continuously maintained that they did so consensually and that their confidentiality agreement between them prevents both sides from talking about it.
The 37-year-old previously denied the allegations levelled at him in a statement released in October 2018, in which he said: "I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in."
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