Los Angeles - Las
Vegas police have asked football star Cristiano Ronaldo to submit a DNA
sample as part of their investigation into rape allegations made
The five-time world player of the year - who plays for Italian
league champions Juventus - has vehemently denied the accusations, and
his lawyer Peter Christiansen said the request was standard procedure.
"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," he said in a
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said it had made an
official request to Italian authorities, adding it is "taking the same
steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the
collection of DNA evidence".
Former model Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, made the accusations
against the now 33-year-old Ronaldo in a complaint filed last year in
the state of Nevada.
She claims after meeting the footballer at a Las Vegas nightclub, he
raped her at his hotel suite on June 13, 2009 - just before he joined
Real Madrid from Manchester United for a then-world record €94 million.
Mayorga's lawyers have said previously she immediately reported the
alleged rape to the Las Vegas police and underwent a medical
A private mediation was organised with representatives of Ronaldo,
Mayorga and their lawyers, where she alleges she was paid $375 000 to
Ronaldo's lawyers have said that the non-disclosure agreement signed
with the former model was "by no means a confession of guilt".
Mayorga's attorney has said the model agreed to an out-of-court
settlement to keep her name from going public, but was inspired to speak
out by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.
Her attorney could not immediately be reached for comment, but in the
past said the agreement should be made null and void because it was
made when she was suffering from extreme psychological duress.
Ronaldo is widely considered one of the greatest footballers in the
history of the game, having won the Champions League title five times --
once with Manchester United and four times with Real Madrid.
He also led Portugal to the Euro 2016 title in France.
Juventus signed him last year from Real for €100 million, the most ever paid for a player aged over 30.
Ronaldo has long been marketed as a global face of football and his
image has become a market mover. When the rape allegations first came to
light, shares in Juventus dipped on the stock exchange.
Forbes magazine says he is one of just three athletes to be given a
lifelong contract by US sportswear manufacturer Nike along with NBA
superstar LeBron James and retired basketball legend Michael Jordan.