This time, for Cristiano Ronaldo, the nightmare of a rape trial in the USA for an episode that goes back 10 years was really over. The Las Vegas prosecutor, Steve Wolfson, explained in a statement that, after reviewing the new police investigation into allegations of rape by former US model Katheryn Mayorga, he established that they "cannot be proven beyond all reasonable doubtful and therefore no charges will be brought against the footballer.
The news arrives while the Portuguese champion is in China with Juventus for a tour. Even at the beginning of June it seemed that the case was closed, due to the alleged withdrawal of the woman's complaint, until her lawyer then specified that she had simply been transferred to a federal court. But the prosecutor in Las Vegas has now closed the investigation and Ronaldo will be able to return to play without the shadows that had accompanied him since last October, raising concerns even among his sponsors precisely in the era of #Metoo.
At that time the denunciation of the former model, who had accused her of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in Las Vegas, Nevada, in July 2009, after they had met and danced together, came to the fore. in a club. At the time the striker had just moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid. The Spanish team was engaged in a summer tour in the United States and CR7, according to the accusation, was the protagonist of a "good night".
In order not to raise the case, the former model, who was 25, had agreed with Ronaldo's lawyers a fee of 375 thousand dollars. But, in the fall of last year, the Las Vegas police had reopened the case following the woman's complaint. And, at the beginning of the year, he had also ordered the Juve bomber to examine the DNA, a request that had been sent to the competent Italian judicial authorities.
The aim - it had been explained - was to compare the results of the test with the traces of DNA found on the clothes of the former model. But the request from the Las Vegas police did not surprise the Portuguese ace lawyers, as the finding of biological traces - claimed lawyer Peter Christiansen - was not evidence of violence. "Ronaldo - the lawyer said - has always maintained that what happened in 2009 was of a consensual nature. Not surprisingly, DNA can be present or that the police make this standard request in the investigation ".