Predators forward Mike Ribeiro has settled his sexual assault case out-of-court, according to the Nashville Post.
Ribeiro and his wife reportedly settled with a former nanny, who alleged in a lawsuit that the 35-year-old Ribeiro made repeated unwanted advances and sexually assaulted her over a nearly five-year period, which includes a period of time in which Ribeiro and his wife were divorced.
The plaintiff began working for Ribeiro at age 12, and some of the charges allegedly occured when she was a teenager. According to the Post, a court-appointed mediator filed a report Wednesday that the suit had been settled after an eight-hour mediation session.
"The organization understands Mike Ribeiro has resolved his civil case," the Predators said in a statement. “We are pleased that Mike and his family can focus on their future and we will have no further comment."
"This civil matter has been amicably resolved without incurring further time-consuming and potentially costly litigation," Ribeiro's attorney, Brian Lauten of Dallas' Deans & Lyon, said in a statement to NashvillePost.com. "I am unable to discuss any of the elements of this confidential resolution. Mike looks forward to continuing to play hockey at a high level and looks forward to aggressively pursuing a Stanley Cup alongside his teammates. The Ribeiro family will not have any further comments on this matter."
The full complaint, which contains some graphic and disturbing accusations, can be read here.
- Jeremy Woo