French footballer Karim Benzema has been questioned by police about a sex tape involving another player, Mathieu Valbuena.
The Real Madrid striker was held overnight in a police station in Versailles, France, after Valbuena was allegedly contacted by someone claiming to have the tape. Three other men have also been involved in a formal investigation.
The 27-year-old was taken in for questioning after former French player Djibril Cisse was released from the same investigation two weeks ago.
It has been alleged that Benzema mentioned the tape to Valbuena during a French national training session in October, with police investigating whether Benzema tried to blackmail Valbuena into paying the offenders.
Benzema’s lawyer Sylvian Cormier said he expects to clear Benzema of any involvement.
“When his name was mentioned by the press, Karim Benzema immediately let the investigating judge know he was available to investigators,” Cormier told Le Parisien newspaper.
This is not the first time Benzema has had off-field problems; last year, he and his team mate, Frank Ribbery, were cleared by a French court of sleeping with an under-aged prostitute. – Jackson Barron
Top photo of Karim Benzema in action for Real Madrid earlier this year from Karim Benzema’s Facebook page.