French Soccer Stars Held in Kid Hooker Probe
They 'didn't know she was underage,' says attorney
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 21, 2010 1:41 AM CDT
France's Karim Benzema looks on during a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Austria at Stade de France in Saint Denis last year.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
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(Newser) – Two French soccer stars were grilled yesterday about sex with a teen prostitute by Paris officials investigating an underage sex ring operating out of nightclubs. A teen prostitute working for a Paris nightclub told police she had sex with the players, but attorneys for both Franck Ribéry, 27, and Karim Benzema, 22, said they had no idea the girl was underage, reports the BBC. If convicted of the sex charges, the men could each face up to 3 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. The investigation was delayed until after the World Cup so that the players could compete in the competition.