Lawyer: Vegas police seek Ronaldo DNA in rape investigation

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Lawyer: Vegas police seek Ronaldo DNA in rape investigation

Authorities in Las Vegas issued a warrant for Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA on Thursday in order to see if it matches that on the dress of a woman who accused him of rape, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"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", Christiansen said.

The investigation was reopened by police in Las Vegas last fall after the woman, Kathryn Mayorga, went public with the allegations in September, claiming Ronaldo - then 24 - raped her in a hotel there after a night of clubbing.

The news comes several weeks after it was revealed that Ronaldo admitted Mayorga did not give him verbal consent numerous times during the incident. The soccer star allegedly paid the American model-turned-teacher hush money to the tune of $375,000, but Mayorga said she later reconsidered in an attempt to expose the Portuguese striker.

Christiansen downplayed the development, denied the rape allegation and provided no additional details.

A statement issued Thursday by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that the warrant has been sent to authorities in Italy, where the five-time Ballon d'Or victor plays for league leaders Juventus.

It was there that Ronaldo forced himself on Ms. Mayorga while she begged him to stop, she alleges.

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 United States officials. Lennard has since been in contact with Mayorga's team and will be looking to share her evidence with them. The Journal reported that Mayorga's DNA is on the dress, and so is the DNA of an unknown party.

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