Las Vegas Police Issue Warrant For Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA in Rape Case

Italian authorities will collect the Juventus star's DNA sample and ship the evidence back to the USA for testing.

Ms Meltzer added that Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department "is taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence".

Las Vegas police recently requested a DNA sample from Cristiano Ronaldo as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged 2009 rape, reports the Wall Street Journal's Zusha Elinson, citing a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the situation.

However, in previous statements Christiansen has strenuously denied the allegations, alleging that what occurred in Las Vegas was consensual.

The police case was closed in 2009 when the alleged victim, Kathryn Mayorga, declined to name her assailant.

Ronaldo has not been served with the lawsuit, Mr Christiansen said.

Investigators in Las Vegas found DNA on Mayorga's dress belonging to someone else, the law enforcement official confirmed to the newspaper. Recalling the interaction, Mayorga told Der Spiegel that Ronaldo had made a remark suggesting he was a good person minus that "1 percent". She claims that they have had a relationship for a full decade, and she suffered emotional trauma and even threats against her life.

Nike, which has had a contract with Ronaldo since 2003, said at the time it was "deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations" and would "continue to closely monitor the situation".

A Nevada woman, Kathryn Mayorga, filed a civil lawsuit in September claiming that the Juventus midfielder raped her in his hotel penthouse in 2009 and that she had been paid $375,000 to keep the assault secret.

However, Mayorga's lawyers are pursuing monetary damages and seeking to void the non-disclosure agreement on the grounds that she was legally incompetent to agree to a settlement. The Journal reported that Mayorga's DNA is on the dress, and so is the DNA of an unknown party.

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