CRISTIANO Ronaldo’s lawyers want to see proof that his rape accuser was left “insane” from PTSD after his alleged attack.
Last year, Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit against the footballer saying she’d been raped in Palm Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in June 2009, which he emphatically denies.
The ex-teacher claims she reached a £290,000 ($375,000) “hush money” settlement with Ronaldo in 2010 and felt intimidated to take the money rather than stand up to such a celebrity in court.
Ms Mayorga says that she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at the time and was in no fit state to be signing such a confidentiality agreement.
She claims she experienced “intrusive thoughts, extreme anxiety and fearfulness” during the negotiations, according to court docs.
But Ronaldo’s team have fired back in new documents filed at Nevada District Court asking for the case to be dismissed, as there’s no proof that she was ever “insane”.
In response to a motion to dismiss the case, it states: “Plaintiff argues there are ‘questions of fact’ concerning her lack of capacity in light of her diagnoses of PTSD and major depressive disorder…
“Glaringly absent from the Complaint is any reference to the manifestation of these diagnoses in Plaintiff’s everyday life and their impact on her ability to manage her affairs.
“These allegations are insufficient to support finding that Plaintiff was ‘insane’.”
The Juventus star’s attorneys are asking the court to either strike out the case or, at the very least, order out-of-court talks.
They claim that no therapist at the time suggested that she lacked “mental capacity”.
The docs state: “Tellingly, the only therapist to actually see Plaintiff during 2009 and 2010, declines to offer any opinion as to Plaintiff’s competence or legal capacity to enter into the SCA, stating, ‘I do not believe I am an expert in determining whether someone is legally capable of entering into an agreement such as the settlement that Ms. Mayorga signed’.”
In the wake of the rape allegation, Ronaldo hired a team of lawyers, former detectives, PR specialists, forensic experts and doctors to help him.
The team of fixers, according to legal documents in civil proceedings, collected information about Ms Mayorga and followed her.
She claims that after a police medical examination, a nurse and a detective told her she would be humiliated if she pursued the case.
Her lawyer Leslie Stovall claims the team’s purpose was “to obstruct the criminal investigation and prosecution of Cristiano Ronaldo”.
'HUSH MONEY' DEAL
Ms Mayorga refused to prosecute and signed a non-disclosure agreement in January 2010.
She accepted a settlement of £290,000.
But last September, following the emergence of the #MeToo movement, Ms Mayorga broke the agreement by telling her story to Der Spiegel. On October 2, Las Vegas Police reopened the case.
Ronaldo did not face criminal charges over the incident in the US.
But Ms Mayorga, 34, is pursuing a civil case against 34-year-old Ronaldo, seeking damages of £165,000.
RONALDO'S DNA 'MATCHED EVIDENCE'
The Sun has revealed Ronaldo’s DNA was matched to evidence in the case.
Among 100 pages of emails between police and prosecutors on the criminal case, which has since been dropped, Vegas detective Jeffrey Guyer wrote: “DNA is back and is a match.”
And Ronaldo told his lawyers Ms Mayorga said “no” and “stop”, leaked emails claim.
The Juventus star met Ms Mayorga in June 2009 at Palms Casino Resort where she worked as a bar hostess.
Ronaldo, who was on holiday with his brother-in-law and cousin, invited Ms Mayorga and her friends to his penthouse for a party.
Waiving her anonymity last year, she told German newspaper Der Spiegel that she was in the bathroom changing to go into the Jacuzzi when Ronaldo walked in exposing his manhood.
The hostess said he begged her to perform a sex act on him. She refused but kissed him.
LAS VEGAS 'ATTACK'
Mayorga claimed Ronaldo then started to “come on very strong”. She said: “He starts to do stuff and touch and grab me. I pushed him away and kept saying ‘No’.
“I turned away from him and curled up into a ball. That’s when he jumped on me. I said, ‘No, no, no, no.’
She said Ronaldo would not let her leave after. adding: “He gave me this look. I’m sure he said ‘Sorry’ or ‘Are you hurt?’”
The next day she reported the alleged attack to the police and cops took DNA samples from her.
Detectives quizzed her for two hours and, at the time, it was believed she refused to reveal the alleged rapist.
But in emails seen by The Sun, Ms Mayorga names Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s legal representatives have denied the rape allegations.
They pointed to a statement made by his US lawyer Peter Christiansen last year, when a warrant for his DNA was issued.
It said: “Mr Ronaldo has maintained that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation."
SunOnline has contacted his legal team for a comment about the most recent claims.
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