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

English model Jasmine Lennard vows to expose Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo's lawyer, Peter S. Christiansen, issued a statement on behalf of the Portugal global, saying: "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".

Mayorga went public with her story in an interview with Der Spiegel in September, saying the Portuguese global raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room after a chance meeting in June 2009. Authorities are now asking for Ronaldo's DNA to see if it matches that found on Mayorga's dress from the 2009 night in question.

The Las Vegas Police Department reopened its investigation in early October, with Thursday's developments the first significant ones that have appeared to move the case forward.

Back in 2010, Lennard wrote in a "tell-all" account for the Mirror that she had a fling with Ronaldo during the time when the then-Manchester United star was seeing supermodel Irina Shayk. The warrant was reportedly sent to Italy where Ronaldo now plays for Juventus. She says she initially chose not to name the person who committed the alleged assault for fear of retribution.

He and his lawyers have repeatedly denied the rape allegations.

Ronaldo has not been served with the lawsuit, Christiansen said. She claims that they have had a relationship for a full decade, and she suffered emotional trauma and even threats against her life.

Beginning with a tweet Tuesday morning, in which she said she felt compelled to share her stories thanks to the "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary series that aired last week, Lennard unleashed a tweetstorm accusing Ronaldo of years of verbal and psychological bullying and abuse. The Journal reported that Mayorga's DNA is on the dress, and so is the DNA of an unknown party.

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