Las Vegas police have asked for a court order for a DNA sample from Cristiano Ronaldo as part of their on-going investigation on the sexual assault allegations made against the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
The Las Vegas police department want to balance the discoveries with that of the biological remains found in the dress of the alleged victim, Kathryn Mayorga.
German top media publication Der Spiegel previously revealed the cases, which also includes the suggestion that Ronaldo paid Ms Mayorga $375,000 in 2010 as a part of privacy agreement, keeping her from opening up to the world about the sexual allegations. Ms Mayorga filed a lawsuit trying to suppress that initial agreement, while Las Vegas police have re-opened an investigation.
Ronaldo’s legal attorney has recently said his client does not deny entering a non-disclosure privacy agreement with the alleged victim but that “by no means a confession of guilt”
Meanwhile, Mayorga’s lawyer has previously said the 34-year old model consented to an out-of-court settlement to shield her name from opening up to the world but was propelled to stand up and speak out by the #MeToo movement against sexual assault.
Her lawyer couldn’t be reached for comments, but in the past said the non-disclosure agreement ought to be made null and void since it was made when she was experiencing extraordinary psychological pressure.
Ronaldo denies assaulting Kathryn Mayorga at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.
“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,” said Christiansen’s statement.
German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, which first published the story about the allegation in October, said Ms Mayorga filed a report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said it was “taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence“.
The LVMPD added: “We can confirm that an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities.
“Due to this being an ongoing investigation, we have no additional information or comment on this case at this time.”