Las Vegas police investigating a rape allegation against Cristiano Ronaldo have sent a warrant to authorities in Italy requesting a sample of the Portuguese football superstars DNA, a police spokeswoman said Thursday.
“The LVMPD is taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence,” Officer Laura Meltzer said. “We can confirm that an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities.”
The Wall Street Journal reported police sent the warrant to a court in Italy, where Ronaldo plays for famed club Juventus.
The Journal reported investigators want to see whether Ronaldo’s DNA matches DNA found on Kathryn Mayorga’s dress.
Mayorga has said in a lawsuit that Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 while she repeatedly screamed no. After Mayorga filed suit, police reopened a criminal investigation into the case, which includes results of a medical exam.
“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,” Ronaldo’s attorney Peter S. Christiansen said Thursday.
CNN could not reach Mayorga’s representatives on Thursday.