The allegations of sexual abuse have been thrown out after repeated use of privileged documents.
A US district judge has dismissed a sexual assault case against Cristiano Ronaldo.
Federal judge Jennifer Dorsey threw out Kathryn Mayorga’s suit, stating the use of confidential documents is the reason behind dismissing the case.
A written verdict from the judge reads: “Mayorga loses her opportunity to pursue this case and attempt to unwind the settlement of claims that, themselves, implicate serious allegations of a highly personal nature.
“But in light of the depth and breadth with which the ill-gotten information has saturated her claims and other filings—and likely her memory and perceptions of key facts—any other sanction would be an inadequate remedy.
“Nothing less than a with-prejudice dismissal will purge the taint that has permeated this case from its very inception and preserve the integrity of the litigation process.”
Mayorga’s attorney, Leslie Stovall, had obtained documents related to the case from FootballlLeaks creator Rui Pinto. However, the judge ruled the documents were confidential and privileged, dismissing them as evidence.
“Stovall’s repeated use of stolen, privileged documents to prosecute this case has every indication of bad-faith conduct,” the judge added. “And because the record shows that he and Mayorga have extensively reviewed these documents and used them to fashion the very basis of Mayorga’s claims, simply disqualifying Stovall will not purge the prejudice from their misuse.”