A sexual assault lawsuit against Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro has been settled out of court. Ribeiro and his wife reached an agreement with the accuser, a former nanny for the family, who filed a complaint in August 2012.
According to the Nashville Post, an arbitrator met with both sides this month and worked out a settlement, the terms of which were not disclosed. "Mike looks forward to continuing to play hockey at a high level and looks forward to aggressively pursuing a Stanley Cup alongside his teammates," Ribeiro's attorney, Brian Lauten, said in an official statement. "The Ribeiro family will not have any further comments on this matter."
The 35-year-old Ribeiro, who hails from Montreal, recently re-signed with the Predators for $7 million over the next two seasons. He was playing for the Washington Capitals in 2012-13, when the case was filed. The alleged sexual assault happened while Ribeiro's family was living in Texas. Ribeiro played for the Dallas Stars from 2006 to 2012.
Ribeiro was one of the Predators’ best offensive players last season, logging 62 points (15 goals and 47 assists). He led the team in assists and was No. 2 in total points. In the Stanley Cup playoffs, he had a goal and four assists in six games as the Predators lost to the eventual champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first round.