Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers are asking a U.S. judge to dismiss a Nevada woman’s lawsuit alleging the soccer star raped her in Las Vegas in 2009 or to order closed-door settlement talks.
 
Attorneys representing Ronaldo’s accuser, Kathryn Mayorga, didn’t immediately respond Tuesday to messages seeking comment about Oct. 14 court filings in the case stemming from a 2010 confidentiality agreement and a $375,000 hush-money payment.
 
Ronaldo’s lawyer in Las Vegas, Peter Christiansen, declined comment.
 

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, center, is flanked by his girlfriend Georgina, left, and his son Cristiano Jr, as he attends a Champions League, group H soccer match between Juventus and Young Boys, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday
Soccer Star Cristiano Ronaldo Denies Rape Accusations on Social Media

Cristiano Ronaldo has denied “accusations being issued against” him and called rape an “abominable crime.”

The 33-year-old Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga. She has said the soccer great raped her in Las Vegas in 2009.
 
Ronaldo posted a video on Instagram shortly after a civil lawsuit was filed in Nevada last week, calling it “Fake. Fake news.”
 
On Wednesday, Ronaldo tweeted in both Portuguese and English.
 
Ronaldo wrote: “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me…

Ronaldo’s attorneys maintain Ronaldo had consensual sex with Mayorga.
 
A federal judge hasn’t set a hearing date on the bid to stop court proceedings and invoke a settlement provision calling for private mediation.
 
The Associated Press generally doesn’t name people who say they’re victims of sexual assault, but Mayorga gave consent through her lawyers to be named.