Las Vegas police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer has disclosed that they have sent a warrant to authorities in Italy requesting a sample of Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA.
This is part of an investigation of accusations that the Portuguese forward raped a woman a decade ago in Las Vegas, United States of America (USA).
"The LVMPD is taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence," Meltzer said on CNN.
"We can confirm that an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities."
According to The Wall Street Journal police sent the warrant to a court in Italy, where Ronaldo plays for Serie A giants, Juventus.
The Journal reported investigators want to see whether Ronaldo's DNA matches DNA found on Kathryn Mayorga's dress.
Mayorga has stated that in a lawsuit that Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room ten years ago while she repeatedly screamed no.
After Mayorga filed suit, police reopened a criminal investigation into the case, which includes results of a medical exam.
"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," Ronaldo's attorney Peter S. Christiansen said Thursday.
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