International soccer star Ronaldo escapes rape charges

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FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo warms up prior to a soccer match against Udinese, in Udine, Italy. A civil lawsuit in Nevada accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of rape has been dropped by the woman who alleged last year that the soccer star paid her to keep quiet about the 2009 encounter in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse. A federal lawsuit filed in January by the woman’s attorneys is still active, and Las Vegas police say their investigation of the allegations remains open. An attorney in Las Vegas who represents the 34-year-old Ronaldo is declining to comment about the developments. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – World famous soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, who was accused of sexually assaulting a Las Vegas woman 10 years ago, will not be prosecuted.

According to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, based on the information received, “the allegations of sexual assault cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The woman filed a lawsuit againt Ronaldo, claiming he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Her attorneys said she was coerced into signing a settlement to keep quiet. She did report the crime to Las Vegas police in 2009 but refused to identify the suspect or where the alleged incident occurred.

Ronaldo and the woman, through their attorneys, did reach a civil settlement in 2010, according to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. The victim did not contact law enforcement until 2018 when she wanted the investigation reopened and Metro Police began an investigation.

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