Las Vegas police have asked the Italian authorities to provide a DNA sample of Juventus football star Cristiano Ronaldo, which it deemed necessary in its investigation into the rape charge he faces.
In a statement to AFP, football player lawyer, Peter Christiansen, said the police request was a normal procedure in the case. "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.
Las Vegas based former model, Kathryn Mayorga, accused Ronaldo last year of allegedly raping her at his hotel suite on June 13th, 2009 after meeting him at a nightclub in Las Vegas. Mayorga claims she received $375,000 to keep silent but was later encouraged to disclose the incident by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.
Ronaldo's lawyers claim that the non-disclosure agreement is "by no means a confession of guilt."