US police request sample of Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA after rape allegations
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the UEFA Champions League group H soccer match between BSC Young Boys and Juventus FC at the Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland, Dec. 12, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/ALESSANDRO DELLA VALLE
New York, USA, Jan 10 (efe-epa).- Las Vegas Police have issued a warrant for a sample of Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA as part of investigations into rape allegations made against the Portuguese soccer star.
The player is being investigated by police in Nevada after he was accused by Kathryn Mayorga of sexually assaulting her at a hotel in Las Vegas in 2009.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, which cites officials familiar with the case, sent the warrant requesting the DNA sample to the judiciary in Italy, where the five-time Ballon d’Or winner plays for Serie A champions Juventus.
Ronaldo has denied the allegations, saying their encounter was consensual.
Mayorga says the Juventus player paid her $375,000 as part of an out-of-court settlement.
The allegations came to light in a report in Oct. 2018 by German magazine Der Spiegel.