Kathryn Mayorga’s lawyer announced the Cristiano Ronaldo rape case has not ended and instead been moved from Nevada state court to a federal court.
On Wednesday, news outlets claimed Ronaldo’s rape case had come to a quiet end as Mayorga allegedly dropped her charges against the Juventus star.
Bloomberg reported that Mayorga voluntarily dismissed her lawsuit in Las Vegas for undisclosed reasons. This had prompted speculation that she had called off the charges.
But one of the accuser’s attorneys, Larissa Drohobyczer, denied that was the case and insisted they were simply filing their report to a federal court instead.
This comes considering their difficulty in serving a court summons to Ronaldo in Nevada as the footballer lives in Europe.
The New York Times had, in fact, reported in March that Ronaldo would not be travelling with Juventus for the International Champions Cup this summer in the USA to avoid being detained by authorities.
“The charges were not dropped,” Drohobyczer told ESPN.
“We dismissed the state case because we filed identical claims in federal court because of the federal court’s rules on serving foreigners. We basically just switched venues, but the claims remain.”
Apparently, Ronaldo and his representatives were unaware that Mayorga had dropped the state case.
The former model accused him of raping her in a Vegas hotel suite back in 2009. She claims to have signed a settlement of £287,000 a year later for her silence, with Vegas police confirming the case was closed for a lack of evidence.
Feeling inspired by the #MeToo movement, however, Mayorga reopened the case in September after going public.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, has continually denied the charges against him and last spoke on the subject in January.
“It hurts me to see my family upset about the news,” he told Daily Record.
“But they know I could never do that.
“I am completely calm and very confident that soon everything will be clear.”