Cristiano Ronaldo: Police investigating Las Vegas rape claim seek footballer's DNA

Cristiano Ronaldo during the Italian Serie A football match on 29 December 2018 in Turin

Cristiano Ronaldo during the Italian Serie A football match on 29 December 2018 in Turin

Ronaldo's lawyer, Peter S. Christiansen, issued a statement on behalf of the Portugal global, saying: "Mr. Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation".

"Mr. Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in 2009 in Las Vegas was consensual in nature", Ronaldo's lawyer Peter Christiansen wrote in a statement in October.

Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit against Ronaldo in September alleging that the Portuguese soccer star raped her in Las Vegas in 2009.

Ronaldo doesn't deny that he and Mayorga had sex.

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

Mayorga is the American woman who is accusing the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star of assaulting her in an hotel in America.

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

Ronaldo, 33, said rape was "an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in".

Ronaldo then allegedly raped Mayorga, despite her screaming "no", before saying: "Sorry, I'm usually a gentleman". The dress that's being tested for DNA was collected as evidence at that time.

A Thursday report by the Wall Street Journal, citing an official familiar with the case, states that investigators are requesting the sample in an effort to test it against DNA found on a dress that Mayorga wore on the night of the alleged incident.

Ronaldo, then 24, was on vacation in Las Vegas and met Ms. Mayorga in the Rain nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort before inviting her to a party in his suite, according to her civil complaint.

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