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Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA sought by Las Vegas's investigators in rape case

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Las Vegas police say investigators are asking Italian authorities to obtain a DNA sample from soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in an ongoing rape investigation.

The department issued a statement Thursday confirming "an official request" was sent to Italy. That's where Ronaldo plays for a soccer club in Turin.

The police statement does not specify if a warrant was issued. Department spokeswoman Laura Meltzer declined additional comment.

His lawyer, Peter S. Christiansen in Las Vegas, downplayed the development and denied a Nevada woman's allegation that Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas in 2009.

The lawyer says sex was consensual and evidence collection is standard practice.

A Nevada woman filed a civil lawsuit in September claiming that the Ronaldo raped her in his hotel penthouse in 2009 and that she had been paid $375,000 to keep the assault secret.

The Wall Street Journal, citing an unnamed law enforcement official, initially reported that a warrant was sent to Italy that would compel Ronaldo to submit a DNA sample to see if it matches DNA found on the accuser's dress.