Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA sought in Las Vegas alleged rape case
Jan 11, 2019 (Agencia EFE via COMTEX) —
Las Vegas (USA), Dec 11 (EFE).- Authorities in Las Vegas have issued a warrant to obtain the DNA of soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to see if it matches that found on a dress of a woman who has accused him of rape, according to a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the case, as published in a Dow Jones Newswires report made available to EFE on Friday.
The authorities sent the warrant recently to the court system in Italy, where Ronaldo plays soccer, the official said.
Las Vegas police reopened the case in the fall after the woman, Kathryn Mayorga, filed a lawsuit alleging that Ronaldo raped her in 2009 in Las Vegas and then paid her $375,000 to keep it secret.
Ronaldo and his attorneys have repeatedly denied the rape allegations.
“Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in 2009 in Las Vegas 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,” Peter S. Christiansen, an attorney for Ronaldo, said Thursday.
An attorney for Mayorga and a Las Vegas police spokeswoman didn’t respond to requests for comment.
A key piece of evidence in the investigation is a dress from the night in question nine years ago.
Las Vegas police found DNA other than Mayorga’s on the dress, the law-enforcement official said. When the warrant is served in Italy, authorities would be expected to collect a sample of Ronaldo’s DNA and send it to Las Vegas police, who would assess whether it matches that found on the dress, the official said.
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