Cristiano Ronaldo is demanding the lawsuit accusing him of rape not be battled in public.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the soccer star has gone to court to plead his case.
Ronaldo is being accused of rape by a woman named Kathryn Mayorga. In her lawsuit, she claims to have met Ronaldo in a Las Vegas club.
He allegedly brought her back to his penthouse hotel room and forcibly raped her. She reported the assault to the police but never named the soccer star.
Ronaldo reached a $375,000 confidential settlement with Mayorga. She breached the deal in 2018, when she filed a civil lawsuit against him.
She claimed to have been bullied into the settlement. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages. Ronaldo has denied all allegations of rape or assault.
In newly filed court documents, Ronaldo is asking a judge to move the case to arbitration. He says the settlement agreement has a provision, which states any issues between the parties will be heard by an arbitrator. Arbitration is a way to handle disputes in a private court.