Thursday, April 11, 2019

Ched Evans Agrees Almost £1m Settlement From Lawyers Over Rape Allegation

Ched Evans has agreed an out-of-court settlement of almost £1million from lawyers who first defended him against his rape charge.

Evans, who is now with Fleetwood Town, was jailed for two-and-half years in 2012 after originally being convicted following a trial.

He was later found not guilty of rape in a retrial in 2016.

The Mail reports Evans sees the settlement as "closure" allowing him to fully focus on his football career once again.

Evans was represented by law firm Brabners when he was initially convicted and subsequently sacked by Sheffield United.

He was due to face Brabners in the High Court in London this month but a settlement has been reached.

A spokesperson for Evans told the Mail: "In late 2016 Ched began litigation against his original defence team of Matthew Bennett and Stuart Ripley of Brabners LLP for negligent defence.

"On Thursday 4 April Ched accepted an out of court settlement."