Cristiano Ronaldo has ordered a female lawyer to pay more than 6 626,000 to an international football star after he claimed in a failed lawsuit that he demanded millions of dollars for raping a woman in Las Vegas nearly a decade ago.
In an open court document, Ronaldo’s attorney, Peter Christianensen, asked U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey to hold the woman’s attorney, Leslie Mark Stowell, personally responsible for the money.
Stowell did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages Wednesday. No text messages have been added to Larissa Drohobyczer. He has till July 8 to file a reply in the court.
On June 10, Dorsey took Stowell out of court to prosecute him for “bad faith behavior” and for leaking and improper use of stolen documents to further the case.
The judge found that Stowell “exceeded the limits of ethical conduct and disregarded the rules of this court before filing this action.”
Dorsey said in his 42-page order that it was strict approval for prosecutor Catherine Mayorga to drop the lawsuit altogether, but Ronaldo was hurt by Stowell’s behavior.
The Associated Press does not usually name victims of sexual harassment, but Mayorga has agreed to make their names public through Stowell and Drohobizar.
The court costs and fee bids for Ronaldo’s power of attorney, filed Friday, reduce the hush-money payment he received in 2010 for signing a confidentiality agreement and dropping a criminal complaint alleging sexual harassment.
“Given Stoval’s misconduct and blatant misconduct, Ronaldo should be held personally responsible for ensuring that his aggressive and bad behavior is repaid,” Cristiansen’s request for reimbursement said. He calculated attorney fees between $ 350 and $ 850 per hour for about 1,200 hours of work.
Mayorga’s civil lawsuit – filed in state court in 2018 and went to federal court in 2019 – eventually demanded more than $ 25 million in damages, as well as attorney fees for the stove.
It alleges that Ronaldo or his associates violated a privacy agreement based on the words “whistleblower portal football leak”, an April 2017 article titled “Cristiano Ronaldo’s Secrets”, documents obtained from the German news outlet, Der Spiegel.
Ronaldo’s lawyers accused Stowell of obtaining stolen material with privileged attorney-client communications and then repeatedly trying to make it public by adding them to court filings.
In a second court hearing on Friday, Dorsey was asked to seal part of the court record with confidential documents.
Mayorga is a former model and teacher who lives in the Las Vegas area. Her complaint states that she met Ronaldo at a nightclub and went with him and others to his hotel room, where he abused her in the bedroom. She was 25 at the time. He was 24 years old.
Ronaldo’s legal team does not argue that Ronaldo met Mayorga and had sex in June 2009, but it was consensual.
Ronaldo, now 37, is the world’s highest paid and well-known sports star. He plays for English Premier League club Manchester United and has led his country’s national team, Portugal. He played for Juventus in Turin, Italy for many years.
Las Vegas police reopened their rape investigation after Mayorga’s lawsuit was filed in 2018, but Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson decided not to pursue criminal charges in 2019. He said it took a long time for the jury to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Stowell said Mayorga did not break the peace-money deal. Ronaldo and the reputation-fixing “fixer” were charged with conspiracy, defamation, breach of contract, coercion and fraud in their trial.
A report compiled by Las Vegas police about Ronaldo after Mayorga filed her lawsuit in 2018 could become public as part of court proceedings pending in state court in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is asking judges to decide whether to comply with the New York Times’ public records request. The department has claimed that no charges have been filed in the case.
A U.S. magistrate judge in Las Vegas said in March that the protective order imposed by Dorsey to prevent the release of the 2010 settlement did not prevent the department from releasing his file.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal is also part of the case. Attorney Margaret McClelland, representing the newspapers, did not immediately respond to messages.