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

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

Nevada law enforcement officials investigating a sexual-assault accusation against football star Cristiano Ronaldo have obtained a warrant for a sample of the player's DNA, according to one of his lawyers, who dismissed it as a "very standard request".

She said she wanted the agreement to be declared void, explaining that she had gained the courage to speak out because of the #MeToo movement. Mayorga filed a police report at the time, and claims that she later accepted a $375,000 payment in exchange for dropping the charge.

Mayorga has said in a lawsuit that Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 while she repeatedly screamed no.

Las Vegas police spokesperson Laura Meltzer confirmed than an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities.

A law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told the Wall Street Journal that authorities in Sin City recently sent the warrant to court officials in Italy, where the 33-year-old now plays for Juventus. Las Vegas police have discovered DNA other than that of the alleged victim on the item of clothing. The lawsuit and the criminal police investigation are on separate legal tracks.

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Ronaldo doesn't deny that he and Mayorga had sex.

Ronaldo's lawyers have said documents cited by some media outlets in reporting the case are "fabrications".

Las Vegas police reopened their investigation into the case shortly after Der Spiegel published its report.

"Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in", he tweeted in October. "We have been communicating pretty much on a daily basis for the previous year and half and I have messages and recordings that'll be invaluable to Kathryn and her team in showing his true nature and character how unwell he is".

"My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations".


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