Cristiano Ronaldo has hired the attorney David Chesnoff, who has built a reputation as a ‘lawyer to the stars’, after police in the United States this week re-opened an investigation into rape allegations against the 33-year-old.
The criminal defence lawyer has previously represented high-profile figures such as Shaquille O’Neal, Mike Tyson, André Agassi, Bruno Mars, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton, Jamie Foxx and members of Michael Jackon’s family.
Based in Las Vegas at his Chesnoff & Schonfeld law firm, he also specialises in libel cases, and is viewed as one of the world’s top lawyers in his areas of expertise.
Ronaldo denies rape accusations
Chesnoff has not wasted any time. Immediately after he was taken on by Ronaldo on Wednesday, he issued a statement “categorically” denying the accusations made by Kathryn Mayorga, 34, who claims that the Juventus and Portugal footballer raped her in a hotel room in Las Vegas in June 2009.
The American Bar Association published a letter urging for the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
The ABA said the FBI should investigate the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.
During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Kavanaugh touted his “unanimous, well-qualified rating” from the ABA.
“Each appointment to our nation’s Highest Court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote,” ABA president Robert Carlson said.
The American Bar Association published a letter urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court until the FBI conducts an investigation into the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against him, according to a CNN report published Thursday.
“The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI,” ABA president Robert Carlson said in a letter, CNN reported.
“Each appointment to our nation’s Highest Court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote,” Carlson added. “Deciding to proceed without conducting additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court.”
News of the ABA’s letter, which was addressed to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California — both of whom sit on the Judiciary Committee — comes hours after Kavanaugh testified on Capitol Hill before the committee Thursday. During his testimony, Kavanaugh touted his “unanimous, well-qualified rating” from the ABA.
The ABA defines its “well-qualified” rating for Supreme Court nominees to be “found to merit the Committee’s strongest affirmative endorsement.”
The organization added that allowing a “thorough FBI investigation” from the Senate, a potential development Democratic lawmakers have fervently called for, into the allegations would “demonstrate its commitment to a Supreme Court that is above reproach.”
During his hearing, lawmakers asked Kavanaugh multiple times whether he believed an FBI investigation into the allegations would be prudent. Kavanaugh sidestepped the question and deferred the decision to the committee.
“I welcome whatever the committee wants to do because I’m telling the truth,” Kavanaugh said.
The ABA’s warning comes less than 12 hours before the Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh nomination. Although there were believed to be a few key holdouts from Republican lawmakers for a full Senate vote, some of them, including Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, expressed they were ready to approve of Kavanaugh’s nomination.
CBS’ Survivor this Wednesday drew 7.3 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating, dipping 6 percent and two tenths from its season opener yet tying Empire for the nightly demo win.
Leading out of that, SEAL Team (5.1 mil/0.8) returned down from both its freshman average (6.7 mil/1.0) and finale (6.1 mil/0.9), matching its demo low. Criminal Minds (4.4 mil/0.7) opened its shortened Season 14 with series lows in both measures.
ABC |A Million Little Things (3.8 mil/0.8) slipped 27 percent in the demo from its premiere, marking the TV season’s second-steepest Week 2 decline; it is also now on par with Designated Survivor‘s Season 2 average (3.9 mil/0.7). On the sitcom front, The Goldbergs (5.1 mil/1.3) and American Housewife (4.4 mil/1.1) each ticked down a tenth, while Modern Family (5.4 mil/1.4) and Single Parents (4.3 mil/1.1) dipped two tenths.
FOX |Empire (5 mil/1.5) slipped 18 and 21 percent from its season opener to tie and hit series lows. Star (4 mil/1.2) was down 14 percent.
NBC | The #OneChicago crossover event averaged 8.2 mil and a 1.3, up from the 7.7 mil/1.2 that the three shows averaged during Premiere Week. Chicago Fire (8 mil/1.3) equaled its best rating since last fall’s premiere; Med (8.8 mil/1.3) matched its best rating since March 6 and was Wednesday’s most watched program; and P.D. (7.8 mil/1.2) copped its biggest audience since Feb. 16 (leading out of This Is Us) and equaled its best rating since March 21.
THE CW |Burden of Truth (700K/0.1) was steady with its finale.