Former Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been asked to submit a DNA sample to Las Vegas police.
Ronaldo, 33, has been accused by Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of sexual assault. She claims that it happened in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports that the agency is “taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence.”
Las Vegas police said “an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities.” Ronaldo plays for the Italian club Juventus.
“Due to this being an ongoing investigation, we have no additional information or comment on this case at this time,” the statement read.
The Portuguese forward – who plays for Juventus in Italy’s Serie A league – has vehemently denied the accusations, and his lawyer Peter Christiansen told AFP 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 statement.
Mayorga’s has said in her lawsuit that Ronaldo, 33, raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. The lawsuit Ronaldo and his camp of taking advantage of her fragile emotional state to coerce her into signing a settlement and nondisclosure agreement.
The investigation was closed in that year, but reopened last August, before the woman filed a civil lawsuit in Nevada claiming that Ronaldo raped her.