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Tuesday, July 23, 2019 1:00 am

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No Vegas rape charge for Ronaldo

KEN RITTER | Associated Press

LAS VEGAS – Cristiano Ronaldo won't face criminal charges after a woman accused the soccer star of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago, the city's top prosecutor said Monday.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he reviewed a new police investigation and determined that Kathryn Mayorga's claim can't be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Ronaldo's attorney, Peter Christiansen, was traveling Monday and not immediately available to comment.

Christiansen has said Ronaldo and Mayorga had consensual sex in 2009. He denied it was rape.

She has a lawsuit pending against Ronaldo in federal court in Las Vegas that accused Ronaldo or those working for him of conspiracy, defamation, breach of contract and coercion and fraud. She said they allowed terms of a confidential financial settlement with Mayorga to become public.

Mayorga's attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, has acknowledged that Mayorga received $375,000 in hush money after the encounter. He maintained that agreement was made under pressure from “fixers” trying to protect Ronaldo's reputation.

The lawsuit seeks to void the agreement and collect at least $200,000 more from Ronaldo.

Ronaldo plays in Italy for the Turin-based soccer club Juventus and is one of the highest-paid players in sports.

– Associated Press