Las Vegas Police issue warrant to obtain Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 11/01/19 2:35pm
Cristiano Ronaldo is being asked by police in the US to provide a DNA sample in an ongoing investigation of a woman's allegation that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009, the footballer's lawyer has said.
Peter S Christiansen downplayed the development, denied the rape allegation and provided no additional details.
He did not immediately confirm a Wall Street Journal report citing an unnamed law enforcement source saying that Las Vegas police obtained a warrant that was sent to Italy to obtain a DNA sample from the 33-year-old Ronaldo, who plays for Juventus.
"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," Mr Christiansen said.
Las Vegas police declined to comment, said Officer Laura Meltzer, a department spokeswoman.
The police case was closed in 2009 when the alleged victim, Kathryn Mayorga, declined to name her alleged assailant.
The police investigation was reopened at Ms Mayorga's request last August, shortly before the former model and schoolteacher filed a civil lawsuit in state court claiming that Ronaldo raped her and that she had been paid $375,000 to keep it secret.
Ms Mayorga has given consent through her lawyers to make her name public.
Ronaldo has not been served with the lawsuit, Mr Christiansen said.
The lawsuit is on and the criminal police investigation are on separate legal tracks.
Ms Mayorga's lawyers, Leslie Mark Stovall and Larissa Drohobyczer, have no information about the police probe, Ms Drohobyczer said.
Ronaldo denies all claims made against him.
Speaking ahead of Juventus' Coppa Italia clash with Bologna, head coach Massimiliano Allegri, said Ronaldo is calm about the situation surrounding him
"Cristiano's case is a private matter, I only talk about football, so I'll only reply to how I've seen Ronaldo," Allegri said.
"Cristiano is very calm, he trained very well and returned rested as all the others since we needed it after four intense and tense months.
"Now we need to get ready at our best for the second part which is the most important of the season. We must have as a target to play all the 36 potential matches, so practically it is another championship to play.
"I already replied that I don't get involved with his private life. I see Cristiano very serene, very calm, so that's what matters for me. Then for what concerns the rest, it's not up to me to respond since it's private matters so it is also fair not to reply."