Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers feared he could have been jailed for LIFE after a model accused him of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel, explosive court documents claim.
Bombshell legal papers seen by The Sun detail the shocking assault allegations made against the £100million Portuguese footballer, 33 - which he strongly denies.
The superstar said the sex was consensual and has called the claims "fake news".
Former model Kathryn Mayorga, 34, took legal action in 2010 over the alleged assault at the Palms Casino Resort suite a year earlier.
According to reports, Mayorga was paid £287,000 to stop her pursuing criminal charges and agreed to sign a non-disclosure agreement – gagging her from going public with the allegations.
Court documents filed by her lawyers claim to reveal a statement from the footballer’s representatives which purports to show they were relieved to have reached the settlement.
The papers say Ron's team wrote: “At the end of the day, given the type of claims which MK [the plaintiff] has asserted in this case, in our opinion we have obtained an incredibly favourable settlement which will result not only in the release of any and all civil claims and in MK choosing not to pursue a criminal case which could have resulted in Topher [Cristiano Ronaldo] being imprisoned for a life sentence for sexual assault.”
The alleged statement by Ronaldo's team has not been substantiated and there is no suggestion his lawyers believed there was a strong criminal case to answer.
We have contacted the footballer's representatives for comment.
Mayorga's lawyers are now trying to overturn the 2010 settlement and she has spoken out for the first time.
The court documents detail the alleged attack, stating: “Cristiano Ronaldo pulled the plaintiff into a bedroom and on to a bed and attempted to engage in sexual intercourse.”
It said the plaintiff refused, tried to cover herself and was screaming: “No, no, no”.
It adds: “When Cristiano Ronaldo completed the sexual assault, he allowed her to leave the bedroom stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman.”
The alleged rape is said to have happened in the early hours of June 13, 2009.
At the time of the alleged attack, Ronaldo, then 24, was in Las Vegas on holiday with his brother-in-law and cousin.
Budding model Ms Mayorga, then 25, was working in Rain nightclub, inside the Palms Casino Resort and met the star in the venue’s VIP area.
Paparazzi pictures showed the pair chatting, before he invited her and a friend to his penthouse suite — room 57306 at the Palms — “to enjoy the view of the Las Vegas Strip”.
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The luxurious suite featured a Jacuzzi on the balcony.
Ms Mayorga claims she refused to get into the hot tub because she did not want to ruin her dress.
She said Ronaldo offered her some clothes to wear and told her to change in a bathroom.
The court papers claim that while she was changing, Ronaldo walked in, exposed himself, and asked her to perform a sex act.
In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, Ms Mayorga said: “This guy that is so famous and so hot . . . he’s a frickin’ loser and a creep.”
She said she refused to engage in the sex act, but kissed him after he promised he would let her go.
She recalled: “He starts to come on to me very strong.
“And he starts to do stuff to me and touch me and grab me. I pushed him away and kept saying, ‘No’.”
She stated that, a short time later, Ronaldo pulled her into a bedroom and raped her while she cried: “No, no, no”.
Ms Mayorga went to the Las Vegas Police Department later that day and was examined in hospital.
Evidence of the alleged rape was documented and photographed.
She later hired a lawyer and in 2010 negotiated a £287,000 out-of-court settlement.
Mr Stovall told Der Spiegel: “The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries.”
Ms Mayorga, who has just quit her job as a teacher, has gone into hiding.
Lawyers for Ronaldo have threatened to sue Der Spiegel over the “blatantly illegal” claims.
Las Vegas Police Department has spoken to Ms Mayorga several times in recent weeks – sparking claims that they may re-open the rape investigation.
Sexual assault does not fall under the US statute of limitations in Nevada — which means it can be investigated despite occurring nine years ago.
Both Ms Mayorga and Mr Stovall did not respond to requests for comment by The Sun.
Lawyers for Ronaldo also failed to respond to a request for comment.
Multi-millionaire Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in world sport and regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
He has been named world player of the year five times and transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid this summer for £99milllion.
The Italian club and the Las Vegas Police Department yesterday also declined to comment on the latest revelations.