LONDON (AP) ­ – A newspaper reported that police have arrested two men over an attempt to blackmail a member of the British royal family with an alleged sex tape.

In response to queries about the report, London police said only that two men, 30 and 40, had appeared at a London court on Sept. 13 charged with blackmail.

They were ordered detained until a hearing at London’s Central Criminal Court on Dec. 20. The force would give no details of the case or identify the suspects.

Buckingham Palace said it would have no comment on what it described as “a police matter.”

The Sunday Times said the alleged blackmailers had approached the unnamed family member and demanded $100,000 not to publicize a video allegedly showing the royal engaged in a sex act.

The pair also claimed to have evidence suggesting the royal had supplied an aide with an envelope containing cocaine, the newspaper said.

The newspaper said it could not identify the royal family member for legal reasons.

The British Broadcasting Corp., without citing sources, said the blackmail target was not a senior member of the royal family.

The Sunday Times said the target contacted police, and two suspects were arrested at a London hotel on Sept. 11 after an undercover police operation.

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