France striker Karim Benzema arrested in blackmail case

PARIS (AP) France striker Karim Benzema has been arrested as part of an investigation into a blackmail case over a sex tape involving another player.

A police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing, told The Associated Press that Benzema was put into custody after being summoned to a Versailles police station on Wednesday.

Police are trying to find out what role the Real Madrid forward played in the extortion attempt targeting France midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, and if he actually tried to blackmail the Lyon player.

Former France international Djibril Cisse was briefly detained over the same case last month after being suspected of conspiracy to blackmail, a charge with a maximum prison sentence of five years.