Ron­aldo will not face charges of al­leged rape

Fiji Sun - - Sport - Las Ve­gas: –BBC Sport

Football star Cris­tiano Ron­aldo will not face charges af­ter be­ing ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault, US prose­cu­tors say. Kathryn May­orga, 34, had al­leged that the Ju­ven­tus player raped her at a Las Ve­gas ho­tel in 2009. She re­port­edly reached an out-of­court set­tle­ment with the Por­tuguese star in 2010, but sought to re­open the case in 2018. He de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

In a state­ment on Mon­day, Las Ve­gas prose­cu­tors said the claims could not “be proven be­yond rea­son­able doubt”.

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”.

In Au­gust 2018, Las Ve­gas po­lice in­ves­ti­gated the al­leged crime again at the re­quest of the vic­tim.

But the state­ment added: “Based upon a re­view of informatio­n at this time, the al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault against Cris­tiano Ron­aldo can­not be proven be­yond a rea­son­able doubt. There­fore, no charges will be forth­com­ing.”

Ger­man weekly mag­a­zine Der Spiegel, first pub­lished a story about the al­le­ga­tion last year.

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