Police in Las Vegas has issued a warrant for a DNA sample from Cristiano Ronaldo as part of their investigation into the rape allegations made against the Juventus forward.
“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,” Ronaldo’s lawyer, Peter S Christiansen, said in a statement to the BBC. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department later confirmed that it had submitted a request for a DNA sample to authorities in Italy, where Ronaldo plays for Juventus.
Ronaldo denies assaulting Kathryn Mayorga
Ronaldo has denied Kathryn Mayorga’s allegations at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” he said in October 2018. “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense. My clear conscious will thereby allow me to wait with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.”
The Wall Street Journal says the warrant was recently sent to the court system in Italy to obtain his DNA.
German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, which first published the story about the allegation in October 2009, said Ms. Mayorga filed a report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.
Der Spiegel added that in 2010, the two reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,000 (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go onto public with the allegations.
Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.
Ronaldo’s lawyer has previously said that his client does not deny entering an agreement but that “the reasons that led him to do so are at least to be distorted“.
He added: “This agreement is by no means a confession of guilt.”
Cristiano Ronaldo dismisses the allegations, that have appeared in Der Spiegel, are “fake news”
The Portuguese international has previously dismissed the allegation as “fake news” and earlier in October issued a statement through his Instagram account in which he “firmly” denied the accusation.
His lawyers claim documents used in Der Spiegel’s investigation have been “completely fabricated” but the publication says it has “no reason” to doubt the authenticity of key documents used in its story.
Mr. Ronaldo, the international Portuguese wing moved to Juventus from Real Madrid for £99.2m in July. He has won the Ballon d’Or – awarded to the world’s best footballer – in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
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