Cristiano Ronaldo’s rape accuser Kathryn Mayorga sees appeal of 2010 hush-money settlement denied by U.S. court

Mayorga accused Ronaldo, then 24, of sexual assault in a hotel bedroom in Las Vegas. The Portugal star maintained the act was consensual through his legal team and settled with Mayorga and her lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, for an amount of $335,000 (£267,000) in 2010.

Following leaks in 2017, Stovall, on behalf of Mayorga, later asked for an increase on this settlement to upwards of $25 million in damages, citing conspiracy, defamation, breach of contract, coercion and fraud. This notion was rejected by U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey in June 2022, leading Stovall to lodge an appeal.

With Mayorga's appeal not only rejected but also penalised in the form of a hefty fine for Stovall, it seems unlikely that this case will be re-opened anytime soon. It could represent the end of a case which has lasted over 14 years in its entirety.


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