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Predators’ Ribeiro reaches out-of-court settlement in sexual assault case

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Mike Ribeiro. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Predators’ Ribeiro reaches out-of-court settlement in sexual assault case

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The sexual assault case against Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro has been settled out of court. According to a report, the case, filed by a former nanny Ribeiro employed, was settled as the result of a mediation that took place July 6.

The sexual assault case against Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro has been settled out of court.

Ribeiro was accused by a former nanny of making unwanted sexual advances, which, the complaint stated, resulted in her suffering, “anguish, medical treatment, physical pain and suffering, physical impairment, humiliation, shame, fright and damage to her reputation as a result of the actions committed by Ribeiro and Williams.”

The Nashville Post reported Thursday that the suit was settled as the result of an eight-hour mediation, which took place July 6. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

"I am unable to discuss any of the elements of this confidential resolution,” Ribeiro's attorney, Brian Lauten of Dallas' Deans & Lyon, said in a statement to NashvillePost.com. “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 complaint against Ribeiro and his wife, Tamara Williams, was first filed in Texas in 2014. Williams was accused of being negligent in her failure to stop the alleged assault and the nanny claimed Williams had harassed her.

According to NashvillePost.com, the Predators have issued the following statement: "The organization understands Mike Ribeiro has resolved his civil case. We are pleased that Mike and his family can focus on their future and we will have no further comment."

Following the 2013-14 campaign, the Arizona Coyotes bought out Ribeiro. Upon announcing the buyout, Arizona GM Don Maloney cited, “behavioral issues,” and said he, “felt there were certain levels of behavior that we could not accept." The Coyotes will pay Ribeiro roughly $1.44 million in each of the next two seasons, and $1.94 million for the three years following that.

As an unrestricted free agent, Ribeiro signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Predators. Nashville re-signed Ribeiro, an unrestricted free agent, to a two-year, $7 million deal July 1.

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Predators’ Ribeiro reaches out-of-court settlement in sexual assault case