Police in Brazil have confirmed they’re investigating a video posted by Neymar on Instagram during which he denies recent rape allegations made against him.
It was reported in Brazil on Friday that a woman has accused Neymar of raping her in a Paris hotel room on May 15, prompting the footballer to post a seven-minute video on social media denying the claim and showing some messages and pictures shared between himself and the woman.
Per ESPN Brazil, the country’s Civil Police have said they’re looking into the footage as Neymar’s video might have broken Brazilian law.
“The office for the Investigation of Cyber Crimes will investigate the alleged video disclosure by the player Neymar,” they said. “The 110th precinct has already taken steps to help during this investigation.”
Football journalist Jeremy Smith noted why the video posted by Neymar might have resulted in him breaking the law:
In making an attempt to defend himself, Neymar might have gotten himself in additional trouble! Reports that he could be pursued by justice for “distribution, publication or revealing of material including scenes of sex, nudity or pornography without the consent of the victim.”
In the clip, Neymar says the allegations are an effort to extort money from him and calls the situation a “setup.” Here is a section of what the Brazilian had to say:
“There was a relationship between a man and a woman between four walls,” the PSG player said, per the Associated Press. “On the next day nothing happened. I hope investigators read the messages and see what happened.”
The woman said she and Neymar met in Paris after sharing messages on Instagram.
Per ESPN, authorities arrived Sunday at Brazil’s training camp in Rio de Janeiro, where the team is presently preparing for the Copa America, in order to speak to the player.
The 27-year-old has spent the last 2 seasons at PSG, having joined the club for a world-record fee from Barcelona in the summer of 2017.
While Neymar has won 2 Ligue 1 titles, both of his campaigns have been disrupted by injury problems. The PSG star was also recently stripped of the Brazil captaincy by manager Tite, with Dani Alves chosen instead to wear the armband for Brazil at the Copa America.