You only need to mention Cristiano Ronaldo the next time someone says that sexual assault accusations “ruin” a man’s professional career. Ronaldo was
accused of sexual assault for the second time in 2009. In 2009, Ronaldo was accused of sexual assault for the second time. Mayorga immediately went to the police and reported the incident. She also had her injuries documented. A sexual assault exam was conducted, but the case never proceeded because Mayorga refused naming her alleged attacker or stating where the assault occurred. Mayorga claims that a LVPD officer told her repeatedly, in a civil suit, that she would “be the subject of humiliation in public” if she publicly accused Ronaldo. Mayorga eventually entered into a confidential out-of court settlement for $375,000 with the soccer player. Der Spiegel is in the conversationIn 2017 Der Spiegel obtained what was supposed to be the secret settlement agreementbetween Ronaldo and Mayorga. This came from the website Football Leaks. The outlet has caused havoc among European professional circles by publishing online leaked documents, mainly relating to murky financial transactions by European clubs and owners. Der Spiegel published an article about the settlement agreement. It said: In the document Susan K. Mayorga is abbreviated as “Ms. The Spiegel published a story about the settlement agreement, saying:” In the document, Susan K. (Mayorga) is referred to with an abbreviation “Ms. D.” Clause No. Clause No. 8 states, “Ms. P agrees to provide to Mr. D the first names of any persons to whom she has disclosed her allegation of rape and the identity of Mr. D … she further represents that there are no other persons to whom she has made disclosures.”
In 2018, Mayorga dropped the pseudonym Der Spiegel had been using for her, gave a full interview about the night of the alleged assault, and revealed that she was filing a civil lawsuit against Ronaldo, alleging that she had been
strong-armed into the settlement agreement:Kathryn Mayorga says that at some point, all she could do was lie on the floor. Kathryn Mayorga says that at one point, she was only able to lie on the floor. At that point, her lawyer suggested that the negotiations should be stopped. She says she was “too unstable” to sign the document, but she knew that it was either now or never. “I thought: ‘I won’t go through this experience again. Next time, this will make me break. This is not something I can do again. If I leave now, doing this again would break me. Der Spiegel published a portion of the letter.
“I screamed No NO NO no NO no NOOOO over & over, I begged for you to stop.”
“You jumped on my from behind,” writes she, with a white rosary around your neck! What would God say about that? What would God say about you? “I hope you understand what you did and learn from this terrible mistake!! Do not take the life of another woman as you took mine! “I don’t want your money, that was the last I wanted! There is ‘no justice’ in this case. There really is ‘no justice’ in this case.”
by Der Spiegel calls into question whether Ronaldo’s attorneys actually provided him with Mayorga’s letter.
The civil suit beginsBut by 2018, Mayorga had a new attorney, Lelise Stovall, and, equally importantly, the #MeToo movement had swept across the United States, taking down dozens of powerful men in its wake, including the Hollywood producer, Havey Weinstein, once thought untouchable by his sexual assault victims. Mayorga sued Ronaldo for $50 million. According to Stoval
l the settlement agreement wasn’t legally binding because Mayorga was not legal competent when it was signed. Stovall says that Mayorga suffered from depression and post-traumatic disorder at the time Mayorga signed the settlement. Stovall told Der Spiegel
that Ronaldo’s legal team had blocked the criminal investigation in order to get Mayorga to agree to the settlement. Der Spiegel, however, had already
that were between Ronaldo’s attorneys and the soccer player. This included a 27-page internal questionnaire, which if true, would have been incredibly damaging for him. Las Vegas Police reopened the investigation after Mayorga filed a civil suit. However, they determined there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue the case. Football Leaks, the same source as Der Spiegel, was responsible for the documents. Federal Judge Jennifer Dorsey stated in her opinion dismissing Mayorga’s suit with prejudice that the use of those documents in the complaint tainted the case beyond repair, writing, “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.”
Last week, Mayorga’s appeal of that dismissal was held in front of a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. A ruling is expected in a matter of weeks.
Deadspin reached out to the attorney for Mayorga, Stovall, but he had not responded to our messages at the time of publication.