Las Vegas authorities have sent a warrant to collect DNA from Cristiano Ronaldo to discover whether it matches traces found on a dress belonging to Kathryn Mayorga.
Mayorga went public with her story in an interview with Der Spiegel in September, saying the Portuguese worldwide raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room after a chance meeting in June 2009. The Journal reported that Mayorga's DNA is on the dress, and so is the DNA of an unknown party.
Police in Las Vegas confirmed in October they had reopened a criminal investigation at Mayorga's request. She "refused and stated she wanted to leave the hotel suite", say the court documents.
Investigators did not follow up with Mayorga and the case was closed shortly thereafter, he said. But Mayorga gave consent through her lawyers to make her name public. 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.
Ronaldo has not been served with the lawsuit, Christiansen said. She claims that he invited her up to a party in his room, and once they were alone he forced her to have anal sex with him while she begged him to stop.
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".
Las Vegas police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer declined comment about the police investigation. Mayorga signed a non-disclosure agreement with the former Real Madrid star in 2009, but is now suing Ronaldo, claiming that Ronaldo and his team of "fixers" coerced her into the agreement. "I have information that I believe will be beneficial to your case and I would like to help you".
"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", he said.