Las Vegas case against Ronaldo should be thrown out, court officer recommends

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FILE – In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo looks back during the Champions League Group D soccer match in Madrid, Spain. A U.S. appeals court is letting a federal judge in Nevada decide claims by a woman suing soccer star Ronaldo over a $375,000 rape case hush-money settlement reached more than a decade ago. An attorney for Ronaldo declined to comment and a lawyer for Kathryn Mayorga did not respond Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, to messages about a Jan. 13, 2021, order by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

LAS VEGAS — A federal magistrate judge in Nevada is siding with Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers against a woman suing for more than the $375,000 in hush money she received in 2010 after saying the international soccer star raped her in Las Vegas.

In a scathing recommendation, Magistrate Judge Daniel Albregts said Wednesday the case should be dismissed outright.

He said the woman’s attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, improperly based the case on leaked and stolen documents that the court found were confidential between Ronaldo and his lawyers.

Albregts said Stovall acted in bad faith, harming his client and his profession.

Stovall didn’t immediately respond Thursday to messages.

A date for U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey to take up Albregt’s recommendation wasn’t immediately set.

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