Las Vegas police have issued a warrant for soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA over an alleged rape case in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.
The Wall Street Journal on Thursday quoted a law enforcement official familiar with the case, as saying that police are seeking to test the Portuguese soccer star’s DNA against DNA found on the dress of a woman who accused him in September of raping her ten years ago in 2009.
The woman, Kathryn Mayorga, has filed a civil suit asking the court to throw out the nondisclosure agreement she made when she was 25 regarding the alleged incident.
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She cited the many women who’ve come forward in the #MeToo movement as her inspiration for addressing the alleged crime.
Ronaldo has firmly denied raping Mayorga and called the reopened case a “media spectacle” aimed at taking him down.
The official who spoke with the Journal said police sent the warrant to court officials in Italy, where Ronaldo plays for the Italian club Juventus in addition to Portugal’s national team. He is expected to ship the sample back to Las Vegas.