Vegas Authorities Issue Warrant For Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA

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Las Vegas police have issued a warrant for soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA as part of their investigation into a rape allegation against him, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit last autumn alleging Ronaldo raped her in 2009 in Las Vegas and then agreed to pay her $375,000 to keep it secret. The warrant would instruct Italian authorities to deliver the sample to Las Vegas and allow local police to determine whether the DNA in question is Ronaldo's.

Ronaldo, 33, had always maintained that Mayorga's claim is bogus and "plans on cooperating with investigators to prove his innocence", TMZ reports.

Las Vegas police reopened their investigation into the case shortly after Der Spiegel published its report. She "refused and stated she wanted to leave the hotel suite", say the court documents. But the evidence, including images and other information from the exam, is still with police. Her attorney said his client was inspired by the #MeToo movement and hopes to encourage anyone who's suffered sexual assault in their past to come forward, reported CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas.

The civil lawsuit accuses Ronaldo and his representatives of conspiracy, coercion and fraud, defamation, battery, breach of contract, and negligence, according to The Associated Press. Las Vegas police declined comment, said Officer Laura Meltzer, a department spokeswoman.

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The Juventus star has denied having a relationship with the CBB star, and denied he was the person in voice notes she claimed were from him.

English model Jasmine Lennard, left, has delivered more ugly allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in", he tweeted in October.

"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".

Ronaldo's lawyers have said that the non-disclosure agreement signed with the former model is "by no means a confession of guilt".

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