Las Vegas police, who were investigating Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2009 rape case, were barred from arresting him by a “high-ranking official” despite believing they had “enough evidence”.
- Cristiano Ronaldo was accused of raping Catherine Mayorga in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.
- Ronaldo, 37, vehemently rejected Mayorga’s claim, saying “rape is a heinous crime that goes against everything I am and believe in.”
- According to a newly discovered court transcript dated September 2021, Mayorga’s lawyer said that in 2009 the police requested a warrant for Ronaldo’s arrest.
- According to Mayorga’s attorney, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson declined to prosecute even though police “thought they had a case.”
Las Vegas police investigating soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for rape in 2009 requested a warrant for his arrest at the time, but the local district attorney refused to file a case, according to newly discovered documents.
Catherine Mayorga accused the Manchester United and Portugal striker of raping her in a hotel room in Las Vegas in 2009.
Ronaldo, 37, vehemently denied Mayorga’s claims, saying “rape is a heinous crime that goes against everything I am and believe in.”
Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and his rape accuser Catherine Mayorga (right) on the night the couple met in Las Vegas in 2009 when the alleged rape took place. Las Vegas police tried to arrest the football star, but the district attorney refused to prosecute.
In June 2009, Ronaldo is pictured with Mayorga at the Rain nightclub in Las Vegas. Football star denies rape of woman
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department investigated Mayorga’s allegations and an officer submitted an affidavit asking for an arrest warrant for Ronaldo for sexual assault.
According to a September 2021 court transcript viewed by DailyMail.com and first published by The Sun, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson declined to prosecute even though police “believed they had a case,” Mayorga’s lawyer Leslie Stovall said. , the court said.
“What happened is that when this was presented to the DA’s office, Mr. Wolfson refused to prosecute,” Stovall said during a Sept. 17 hearing.
“He does not say why he decided to refuse, and all that – any arguments are just speculation. It was within the statute of limitations.
“The police believed they had a case to prosecute for one count of sexual assault, but the district attorney decided not to.”
Mayorga’s statements were investigated by the police twice, in 2009 and 2018. Wolfson reviewed the case again in 2019 and concluded that there was not enough evidence to support the rape charge beyond a reasonable doubt.
Mayorga accused Ronaldo of raping her at the Palms Hotel and Casino on June 12, 2009.
Ronaldo claimed that sexual contact with Mayorga was consensual.