Authorities in Las Vegas have issued a warrant to obtain the DNA of soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to see if it matches that found on a dress of a woman who has accused him of rape, according to a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the case.
The police department in Vegas reopened the sexual assault case back in October after Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit alleging she was assaulted by the soccer megastar in a penthouse suite back in 2009 and then received $375,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement. Mayorga shared her story with German publication Der Spiegel, which sparked a strong denial from Ronaldo’s camp and a threat to sue the publication, calling rape an “abominable crime.”
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.