Cristiano Ronaldo won’t face criminal charges after a woman accused the soccer player of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago, a top prosecutor said Monday.
A new investigation by Las Vegas police failed to show that Kathryn Mayorga’s claim could be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said.
“Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming,” Wolfson said in a statement.
The decision represented a victory on one of two legal tracks tied to the 2009 allegation against one of the most recognizable and highly paid players in sports.
In a lawsuit still pending in federal court, Mayorga alleges that she was pressured to sign an agreement to keep quiet in exchange for $375,000. Her lawyers want to void the deal and collect at least $200,000 more from Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s attorneys have acknowledged that he and Mayorga had consensual sex in June 2009, but they denied it was rape.
NFL suspends Seattle’s Reed
The Seattle Seahawks will be without defensive lineman Jarran Reed for the first six games of the season after he was suspended by the NFL on Monday for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy, a major blow for Seattle’s already questionable defensive line.
The suspension stems from an incident in April 2017. He was being investigated for assaulting a woman, who then filed an assault complaint. Reed was not charged.
Reed posted a statement on social media saying he strongly disagreed with the discipline imposed by the NFL.
• The New York Jets signed tight end Ryan Griffin, who had 136 catches for 1,491 yards and seven touchdowns in six seasons with Houston.
• The Tennessee Titans placed Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, tight end Jonnu Smith and kicker Ryan Succop on the physically unable to perform list.
• Denver Broncos tight end Jake Butt sat out practice for a second straight day because of a sore left knee, which has been surgically repaired twice.
NHL: The Pittsburgh Penguins and forward Zach Aston-Reese avoided arbitration, agreeing to a two-year, $2 million deal. Aston-Reese, 24, posted career highs in goals with eight and assists with nine despite being limited to 43 games because of a hand injury.
NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers were awarded the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo.
The 21-year-old brother of Milwaukee Bucks forward and league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was waived by the Mavericks, for whom he was mostly a G-League player, on Friday.
• The Washington Wizards removed the interim tag from general manager Tommy Sheppard.
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