Prosecutor says there is not enough evidence
The BBC and many other media outlets are covering the story that Cristiano Ronaldo will not face charges after being accused of sexual assault, according to an announcement by US prosecutors yesterday. Las Vegas prosecutors said the claims could not “be proven beyond reasonable doubt”.
34-year-old Kathryn Mayorga had alleged that the player, who now plays for Juventus, raped her at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. She reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with the Madeiran in 2010, but subsequently tried to resurrect the case in 2018. Ronaldo has always denied the allegations.
The Clark County District Attorney’s office said the victim reported an assault in 2009 but refused to state where it had happened or who the attacker was. As a result, police were unable “to conduct any meaningful investigation”. District attorney Steve Wolfson said there was not enough evidence to prove the allegations beyond reasonable doubt, and therefore no charges will be filed.
Full story in the Guardian here.
Ronaldo returned to Madeira earlier this month to inaugurate a seven-story apartment building just along the seafront from his CR7 hotel, which is his latest investment on the island. According to various press reports at the time, he offered an apartment to his mother, Dolores Aveiro, and another to his older brother, Hugo.