Real Madrid star arrested over sex tape blackmail allegations

Arrest: Karim Benzema
Arrest: Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema was taken into custody by police investigating an alleged plot to blackmail an international team-mate.

The French striker was brought to a police station in Versailles this morning, as police continue to investigate the alleged blackmail attempt.

It is alleged that a sex tape recorded on a mobile phone featuring Mathieu Valbuena is at the centre of the case.

It is being reported that Benzema is being questioned about a conversation he was seen having with Valbuena at an international get together and whether that chat was part of the plot.

The arrest of the 27-year-old comes just two weeks after former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse was also questioned by police investigating the alleged blackmail.

Cisse was immediately released and he went on TV on his release to protest his innocence.

Police have been investigating this case sine July and three men have been charged in relation to it so far.