Former Premier League star is arrested in France over historic gang rape of a 17-year-old
- Steve Marlet was taken in on Wednesday night and appeared in court yesterday
- Marlet, 44, was charged by Auxerre police with gang-raping a teen in 1997
- Two unnamed men have also been arrested in connection with the incident
Steve Marlet was arrested alongside two other men as Auxerre police investigate an alleged rape in 1997. At the time Marlet played for the local club.
The alleged crime was reported in 2012.
Steve Marlet, 44, as been arrested in France and charged with gang-raping a 17-year-old
Steve Marlet, playing for Fulham in 2002, runs during a premier league match against Arsenal in London. He was arrested alongside two other men as Auxerre police investigate
The France international striker became Fulham's record signing in 2001 when the club paid Lyon £11.5million for him.
In his four seasons at Craven Cottage the 23-cap international scored 11 goals in 54 top-flight appearances.
However, he spent the last two years on loan to Marseille.
Marlet began and ended his playing career with Paris club Red Star. He is currently technical director of the club.
The 44-year-old spent Wednesday night in a police cell and appeared in court on Thursday, reports The Sun.
Auxerre prosecutor Sophie Macquart-Moulin said Steve Marlet had been interviewed under caution about the gang rape and had been put under judicial supervision.
The France international striker became Fulham's record signing in 2001 when the club paid Lyon £11.5million for him
The 23-cap international's lawyer Herve Temine added: 'These are ancient claims, which my client disputes.'
'It is the same for a second man, while a third has been made a key witness. The victim was 17 years old when the events took place, and she reported them in 2012.'
Local police chief Thomas Boudault said: 'The people concerned were interviewed, held in custody and then released in 1997. The case was closed at the time.'
Marlet's lawyer Herve Temine added: 'These are ancient claims, which my client disputes.'
He added his client would save his words for the judge.
Steve Marlet denies the charges.
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