Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Investigators in 'rape' case seeking Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA

Investigators in 'rape' case seeking Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA

Las Vegas authorities have issued a warrant for soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA in connection with a rape investigation, the Wall Street Journal reports on Thursday.

"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", said Christiansen's statement.

Police in Las Vegas declined to comment on the investigation, which was originally closed in 2009 but reopened days before Ms Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in September. Recalling the interaction, Mayorga told Der Spiegel that Ronaldo had made a remark suggesting he was a good person minus that "1 percent".

Law enforcement officials discovered DNA on Mayorga's dress from the 2009 incident that does not belong to Mayorga and want to see if the Juventus star's DNA is a match.

Ronaldo has repeatedly denied the rape allegations.

Once the warrant has made its way through the Italian court system, officials will then serve it and, if Ronaldo complies, collect the samples and send them back to USA officials. Italian authorities will serve the warrant and collect DNA from Ronaldo, then send it back to Las Vegas to be tested.

Mayorga set aside her anonymity to reveal the full details of her story to Der Spiegel, intent on getting the 2010 settlement voided on the grounds that it was never legally binding, as well as finding out if there were other victims of Ronaldo alleged abuse and mistreatment.

On the same day Mayorga says she was raped, she went to the police to report it and had a rape kit done. It was then that the dress she had worn was collected for evidence.

As the night progressed, the footballer reportedly sexually assaulted Mayorga in his bedroom after cornering her inside one of the suite's bathrooms.

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