Real Madrid players held after allegedly sharing sex video involving minor

15 Sep 2023 10:41am
Photo for illustrative purposes only - 123RF
Photo for illustrative purposes only - 123RF

MADRID - Professional footballers from the second and third teams of the Spanish club Real Madrid were detained for allegedly distributing a video with sex scenes with a 16-year-old girl, police said Thursday evening, reported German news agency (dpa).

A total of four adult footballers were allegedly involved. Their mobile phones were confiscated and a judge later provisionally released the men, the police said.

One of the detained men allegedly filmed the incident while the others had consensual sex with the teenager, the Spanish newspapers El Confidencial and El País reported.

The young girl said she did not know of the recording and had not agreed to it being broadcast. Her mother filed a complaint.

Real Madrid released a statement saying that the club was aware of the arrests "in relation to a complaint about the alleged broadcasting of a private video via WhatsApp".

The players had allegedly passed on a private video via the instant messaging service. As soon as the club had more detailed information, it would take "appropriate measures", the statement continued.

The players were not initially named. Real Madrid spoke of one player from its second team, Castilla, and three players from the third team, Real Madrid C.

In Spain, unauthorised dissemination of images or videos that violate privacy is punishable by up to one year in prison. Prison sentences of less than two years are often suspended by Spanish courts if the accused doesn't have a prior criminal record.

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