Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo: Las Vegas police request DNA sample following rape allegations

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Police in Las Vegas have issued a warrant for DNA from Cristiano Ronaldo to assist their investigation into rape allegations, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Kathryn Mayorga, a then-25-year-old woman, alleges that she was raped by Ronaldo in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Provided everything in the warrant is correct, police in Italy would now be expected to collect a sample of Ronaldo's DNA to be sent to authorities in Las Vegas.

German publication Der Spiegel first reported the claims, which also included the suggestion Ronaldo paid Ms Mayorga $375,000 in 2010 as part of a privacy agreement, preventing her from going public with the allegations.

Investigators in Las Vegas found DNA on Mayorga's dress belonging to someone else, the law enforcement official confirmed to the newspaper.

While the five-time Ballon d'Or victor has firmly denied the allegations, branding it "fake news", Mayorga's lawyers are now seeking to declare the reported non-disclosure agreement void.

CNN could not reach Mayorga's representatives on Thursday. The case was reopened at the request of Mayorga or someone representing her, Ocampo-Gomez said in October.

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Ms Mayorga signed a non-disclosure contract for $375k a year later but has now waived her right to anonymity to bring about the action.

But Kathryn Mayorga, who was an aspiring model, aged 25 at the time, claims that he forced himself on her in the penthouse of the Palms Place hotel.

In a statement, Ronaldo's legal team said Ronaldo had "no specific recollection" of meeting Lennard at any point.

Responding to a Reuters query about the report, Laura Meltzer, a Las Vegas police spokeswoman, said in an email the department is "taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence".

The alleged rape occurred in June 2009.

"My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations".

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