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Cristiano Ronaldo Paid $375,000 to Woman Who Accused Him of Rape According to Court Documents

NANJING, CHINA - JULY 24: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus sprays water during the International Champions Cup match between Juventus and FC Internazionale at the Nanjing Olympic Center Stadium on July 24, 2019 in Nanjing, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)
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Soccer superstar and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to be out of the woods when it was announced that he would not face charges related to a 2009 case in which a woman accused him of rape.

Court filings that were just made public don't paint as rosy a picture for Ronaldo, as it is now known he paid the woman in question $375,000 in a settlement in 2010.

The woman, identified as Kathryn Mayorga, claimed Ronaldo raped her in a penthouse following the pair meeting at a party in Las Vegas. According to initial police reports, Mayorga did not name Ronaldo specifically, mentioning only a soccer star.

Ronaldo has filed court documents to throw the case out, claiming that the statute of limitations has expired and they have a binding settlement agreement.

While the money has been officially paid out and Ronaldo will face no further prosecution, the way in which this case was handled could be a serious black mark on Ronaldo's legacy.