According to the Wall Street Journal, the Las Vegas police have issued a warrant to obtain a DNA sample from Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo to see if it matches DNA found on the dress of his supposed victim, Kathyrn Mayorga, who has accused him of rape.
A law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told the Wall Street Journal that authorities in Sin City recently sent the warrant to court officials in Italy, where the 33-year-old now plays for Juventus.
A former American model, Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, accused Ronaldo in a complaint filed previous year in Nevada of raping her on Jun 13, 2009 just before he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United. She went public with her accusation in a detailed story in German outlet Der Spiegel.
Ronaldo, a global star and five-time world player of the year, plays in Italy for powerhouse club Juventus.
Cristiano Ronaldo is denying claims made by Jasmine Lennard, a woman who, in a series of tweets, spoke out about interactions that allegedly occurred with the soccer star. It has not been legally served upon Ronaldo, Christiansen said. After Mayorga filed suit, police reopened a criminal investigation into the case, which includes results of a medical exam.
Ronaldo's lawyers have said that the non-disclosure agreement signed with the former model is "by no means a confession of guilt".
Ronaldo, 33, had always maintained that Mayorga's claim is bogus and "plans on cooperating with investigators to prove his innocence", TMZ reports.
Nike, which has had a contract with Ronaldo since 2003, said at the time it was "deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations" and would "continue to closely monitor the situation". She says she initially chose not to name the person who committed the alleged assault for fear of retribution.
Under Nevada law, there is no statute of limitations on investigations or potential charges stemming from such reports.