A former model who accused Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo of sexually assaulting her is claiming £56million in damages.
Kathryn Mayorga, 37, is claiming £18m for her past ‘pain and suffering’, £18m for future ‘pain and suffering’ and another £18m for punitive damages, court documents seen by The Mirror reveal.
The alleged rape was said to have taken place in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 after they met the same night in RAIN nightclub.
A list of witnesses Mayorga’s legal team wish to testify includes British former Big Brother star Jasmine Lennard, 35 – who claims she dated Ronaldo in 2008 – the Mirror reports.
Ronaldo, from Portugal, strongly denies all allegations made against him. No criminal charges were filed after Las Vegas prosecutors decided the claims ‘cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt’.
With legal fees of £1.4m added to Mayorga’s claim the bill the Juventus star would have to pay out totals £56.5m – which equates to two years of the footballer’s salary, Mirror reports.
In 2010 the model accepted £270,000 ($375,000) as an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo and his representatives.
Three years later Mayorga claimed she was ‘mentally incapacitated’ when she accepted the settlement and has filed a civil lawsuit.
In 2018, Ronaldo said: ‘I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything I am and believe in.’
His mother Dolores has stuck by Ronaldo throughout the months-long investigation, saying in February that she had ‘confidence in my son when it comes to what happened’.
The mother-of-four also hit out at Ronaldo’s American accuser, saying she ‘didn’t go to his hotel room to play cards’.
Ronaldo’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez, has also stood by him over the claims.
Police could not conduct ‘any meaningful investigation’ at the time because Ms Mayorga declined to say who assaulted her or where it occurred, U.S. prosecutors said.
As a result, detectives were ‘unable to search for and impound vital forensic evidence,’ and a video showing Ronaldo and Mayorga together was lost, they added.
Mayorga contacted police in August 2018 to ask that the case be reopened, at which point she named Ronaldo as the alleged assailant.
Her lawyers have said she was inspired to speak out and make her claim public by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.
While no charges were brought, she launched a civil suit in a bit to over-turn the non-disclosure agreement.
Ronaldo left Spanish team Real Madrid in 2018 after nine seasons with the club, joining Italian champions Juventus.