Premier League footballer Titus Bramble has been bailed by police after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and possession of a class A drug.
The Sunderland defender was held for questioning by Cleveland Police following an incident in the early hours of yesterday.
A force spokeswoman said: "A 30-year-old man from Wynyard has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and possession of a class A drug."
Last night she said the man had been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Last year Bramble, who played in his team's 2-1 defeat at Norwich on Monday, was arrested by Northumbria Police over an alleged rape in a Newcastle hotel but he was later released without charge.
His brother, Tesfaye, was jailed for four and a half years last month after he was convicted of raping a 19-year-old a year ago.
Bramble's career started at his home town club, Ipswich, before he moved to Newcastle United under Sir Bobby Robson for £6 million.
He joined Wigan Athletic and then moved back to the North East with Sunderland last year.
The powerful but sometimes error-prone centre back was picked 10 times for England's Under-21s.