Ron wants to block witness statements
Cristiano Ronaldo wants to block the release of dozens of witness statements in his Las Vegas rape case – as it could put people at “significant risk of harassment”.
The Manchester United player’s lawyers have issued two separate responses in an ongoing legal battle to prevent the release of police records in the 2009 case.
The files include a cache of recorded interviews, witness statements, emails, CCTV footage and medical reports.
The New York Times first offered a legal bid for them to obtain Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department records, but was met with stiff opposition.
First, Ronaldo’s legal team argued that much of the information in the filing was obtained illegally by the Football Leaks website. But now, according to a new legal filing obtained by The Sun, the star’s lawyers say witnesses in the case will be “at risk” if they are disqualified.
They argue that the files should not be released for the safety of Ronaldo and his accuser, Kathryn Mayorga, as well as key witnesses and anyone providing information, who could be subject to “serious harm about reputation”.
The submissions filed February 8 stated: “Those named in the LVMPD filings, as well as those who provided the information contained therein, have a strong interest in ‘not being linked one by one. improperly with the alleged criminal activity’.
“Plaintiff, Defendant, and witnesses interviewed as part of the reopened investigation all have non-trivial private interests.”
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