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She is the star of the small screen, but Shortland St star Teuila Blakely has found herself the subject of attention on Twitter regarding a leaked sex video with Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell.
The New Zealand Herald understands the tape, which appeared briefly online before being taken down, shows Hurrell taking a selfie video with an unidentified woman.
Twitter erupted with rumours that the woman in question was Blakely.
The soap star initially insisted she was not the woman on the video, but later confirmed to the Herald that it was her.
"Yeah it was me, but it was a private video between me and Koni and it wasn't meant to have been leaked."
Blakely, 39, has been dating the 22-year-old Warriors centre, who is the same age as her son, Jared. But she says the relationship is casual.
"I am not in an exclusive relationship with Koni ... We are good friends and are very close."
Blakely said the selfie video was filmed "about two months ago," but she cannot explain how it ended up online. She believes Hurrell took the video "for fun"and posted it privately on Snapchat to a friend who leaked it.
"Koni filmed it as a joke, but neither of us knows who uploaded it.
"But I accept what I do in my life, and neither of us are bothered about it. It was a tape between two people who have a lot of fun together. It's not like I'm Kim Kardashian," she laughed.
Hurrell's manager, Amon Ta'akimoeaka, had little to say. "I haven't spoken to him about it. I've got no comment to make."
However, Warriors CEO Wayne Scurrah confirmed the club is investigating the matter. He had no further comment.
NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle confirmed today Hurrell was being investigated by the NRL integrity unit, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Hurrell's riding a wave of popularity off the field with suggestions this week he may be returning to rugby, and Chiefs coach Dave Rennie admitting he'd consider him for a Super Rugby contract. However, the Warriors are fighting to keep their star centre who is contracted with the club until 2015.
- Rachel Glucina of the NZ Herald