DNA re­quest made in Ronaldo rape case

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Los Angeles: Las Vegas po­lice have asked foot­ball star Cris­tiano Ronaldo to sub­mit a DNA sam­ple as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into rape al­le­ga­tions made against him. The five-time world player of the year — who plays for Italian league cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus — has ve­he­mently de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions, and his lawyer Peter Chris­tiansen said 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.

The Las Vegas Metropoli­tan Po­lice De­part­ment said it had made an of­fi­cial re­quest to Italian au­thor­i­ties, adding it is “tak­ing the same steps in this case as in any other sex­ual as­sault to fa­cil­i­tate the col­lec­tion of DNA ev­i­dence”. For­mer model Kathryn May­orga, 34, of Las Vegas, made the ac­cu­sa­tions against the now 33-year-old Ronaldo in a com­plaint filed last year in the state of Ne­vada.

She claims after meet­ing the foot­baller at a Las Vegas night­club, he raped her at his ho­tel suite on June 13, 2009 — just be­fore he joined Real Madrid from Manch­ester United for a then-world record 94mn eu­ros ($108mn). May­orga’s lawyers have said pre­vi­ously she im­me­di­ately re­ported the al­leged rape to the Las Vegas po­lice and un­der­went a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion.

A pri­vate me­di­a­tion was or­gan­ised with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ronaldo, May­orga and their lawyers, where she al­leges she was paid $375,000 to keep quiet. Ronaldo’s lawyers have said that the non-dis­clo­sure agree­ment signed with the for­mer model was “by no means a con­fes­sion of guilt”.

May­orga’s at­tor­ney has said the model agreed to an out-of­court set­tle­ment to keep her name from go­ing pub­lic, but was in­spired to speak out by the #MeToo move­ment against sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

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