Las Vegas Police Issue Warrant for Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA in Rape Case
- Author: Marlene Weaver Jan 11, 2019,
Jan 11, 2019, 1:14
The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has issued a warrant for Ronaldo's DNA.
"Mr. Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature", Christiansen wrote, "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".
Mayorga has alleged that Ronaldo raped her at a Las Vegas hotel in June 2009 after they met at a nightclub, where she was working at as a model to entice guests into the establishment.
Lennard, who was the first celebrity to be evicted in the 2012 series of Celebrity Big Brother, tweeted after watching Surviving R Kelly: 'On that note and after much thought I am reaching out to Kathryn Mayorga and her legal team to offer my assistance in her rape allegation against @Cristiano please contact me.
Italian authorities will collect the Juventus star's DNA sample and ship the evidence back to the USA for testing.
Kathryn Mayorga went to cops back in '09 but didn't identify Ronaldo by name out of fear of retaliation. Recalling the interaction, Mayorga told Der Spiegel that Ronaldo had made a remark suggesting he was a good person minus that "1 percent".
Christiansen downplayed the development, denied the rape allegation and provided no additional details.
Mayorga filed a lawsuit against the 33-year-old football superstar last year, saying she remained traumatized by her alleged ordeal and that she had been emboldened to take the step by the MeToo movement. She says she received a $375,000 settlement from Ronaldo that required her to sign a non-disclosure agreement, forbidding her from talking about the incident.
Las Vegas Police initially investigated in 2009, but had no named suspect at the time, as the victim did not provide the location or name.