Ronaldo's DNA sought by police in US investigating rape
Las Vegas: Las Vegas police investigating a rape allegation against Cristiano Ronaldo have sent a warrant to Italian authorities for a sample of the Portuguese football superstar's DNA, a police spokeswoman said.
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"The LVMPD (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) is taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence," a news channel quoted spokeswoman Laura Meltzer as saying on Thursday.
"We can confirm that an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities."
The Wall Street Journal reported that the police sent the warrant to a court in Italy, where Ronaldo plays for famed club Juventus.
After Mayorga filed suit, the police reopened a criminal investigation into the case, which includes results of a medical exam.
"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," the football star's attorney Peter S. Christiansen said in response on Thursday.