The legal dispute between Cristiano Ronaldo and the woman who accuses him of raping her in a Las Vegas suite more than 10 years ago is nearing a trial before a federal judge in the state of Nevada.
A date for the trial was not immediately set. However, Federal District Judge Jennifer Dorsey was willing to listen to the arguments and decide if Kahryn Mayorga was mentally fit to sign an agreement with the representatives of the international soccer star. Through that arrangement, the woman would remain silent on the case in exchange for being paid $ 375,000.
Peter Christiansen, a lawyer for the Portuguese Juventus star, declined to comment on Tuesday.
Mayorga's attorneys, led by Leslie Mark Stovall, did not immediately respond to an email or phone messages that were sent asking for their position on the judgment issued by the judge on Sept. 30.
Dorsey wrote that a court should decide whether Mayorga “lacked the mental capacity” to sign a confidentiality agreement with representatives of Cristiano, 35, and “whether there was ever any agreement between the parties.”
It was not immediately clear whether Cristiano or Mayorga will have to appear personally in court when the trial takes place.
The Associated Press does not normally identify by name people who say they are victims of sexual assault. But in October 2018, after filing his lawsuit against the footballer, Mayorga gave consent through his lawyers for his name to be publicly mentioned.
Dorsey gave the end of November until the end of November for both parties to agree on a plan for the trial.
Christiansen could file an appeal to challenge Dorsey's ruling with the Court of Appeals for the 9th Federal Circuit. He declined to say if he will.
The ruling represents a setback for Cristiano's lawyers, who have so far kept the details of the 2010 settlement secret. The case would now return to public court, where questions would be raised that federal magistrate Daniel Albregts considered should remain private. through a determination announced in February.
The rulings of federal district judges can invalidate those issued by the magistrates, who are in charge of filing documents before the courts and receiving pre-trial arguments.