Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Cristiano Ronaldo: Police 'issue warrant for DNA after rape claim'

Cristiano Ronaldo: Police 'issue warrant for DNA after rape claim'

Las Vegas investigators reportedly issued the warrant to see if the Juventus star's DNA sample matches a sample found on the dress of Kathryn Mayorga.

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 reports state that the warrant has been sent to the court system in Italy, where the five-time Ballon d'Or victor plays for league leaders Juventus.

The 33-year-old's lawyer, Peter S. Christiansen, told BBC Sport it was a "very standard request".

Now, according to TMZ, Ronaldo is claiming that he doesn't even know Lennard and that they never actually dated.

Las Vegas police reopened the case a year ago after Mayorga claimed she had been raped by the footballer in a hotel suite after a night spent partying in 2009. Once the warrant is served in Italy, authorities there are expected to obtain a sample of Ronado's DNA before shipping it to police in Las Vegas.

He is then alleged to have offered her clothes to change into and pointed her towards the bathroom.

"Upon leaving the bathroom, Ronaldo pulled the plaintiff into a bedroom and on to a bed and attempted to engage in sexual intercourse", the documents add. "Plaintiff refused. and covered herself in an attempt to prevent sexual penetration".

Mayorga shared her story with German publication Der Spiegel, which sparked a strong denial from Ronaldo's camp and a threat to sue the publication, calling rape an "abominable crime". It seeks to void a $375,000 non-disclosure settlement after the 2009 encounter.

The model's lawyer Jonathan Coad of Keystone Law said: 'I am advising her on a possible harassment claim against Mr Ronaldo'. She says she was left traumatised, and suffering from post-traumatic stress, "major depression" and suicidal thoughts.

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