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DNA request made in Cristiano Ronaldo rape case

AFP  |  Los Angeles 

police have asked soccer star to submit a DNA sample as part of their investigation into allegations made against him.

The Juventus forward has vehemently denied the accusations -- with his lawyer, Peter Christiansen, telling AFP the request was standard procedure.

"Mr has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in 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," he said in a statement.

The Metropolitan Police Department said it had made an official request to Italian authorities, adding it is "taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence." Former Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, accused in a complaint filed last year in the state of

She claims after meeting him at a Las Vegas nightclub, he raped her at his hotel suite on June 13, 2009 -- just before he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United. Mayorga alleges she was paid $375,000 to keep quiet.

Ronaldo's lawyers have said that the non-disclosure agreement signed with the former is "by no means a confession of guilt." Mayorga's has previously said that the agreed to an out-of-court settlement to keep her name from going public, but was inspired to speak out by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

Mayorga's could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 11:55 IST