The Latest: Police seek Italy's help in Ronaldo rape case

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Published 5:42 p.m. ET Jan. 10, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on police Las Vegas seeking a DNA sample from Cristiano Ronaldo in a investigation of a 2009 rape claim (all times Pacific):

2:40 p.m.

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.

Ronaldo’s 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 police sexual assault investigation was closed in 2009 but reopened last August, before the woman filed a civil lawsuit in Nevada claiming that Ronaldo raped her.

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1:35 p.m.

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