Tennis star Steffi Graf, who is under investigation for tax evasion, has been questioned by the state prosecutor's office for eight hours.
It was the first time Graf has been questioned in the case since her father and manager, Peter Graf, was arrested in August for allegedly failing to report some $35.2 million of his daughter's earnings.State prosecutor Peter Wechsung said Steffi Graf was questioned Thursday in Mannheim, accompanied by her Berlin-based lawyer, Peter Danckert. He confirmed today, however, that prosecutors still see no reason to issue an arrest warrant on the world's No. 1 player, and said he expects the investigation to last at least until the end of the year.
The Hamburg-based Stern magazine said in its Thursday editions that new evidence has been uncovered that shows the Grafs were allowed to write off $700,000 in legal and other advisory fees after an affair Peter Graf had with a photo model became public in 1992.
Steffi Graf's attorney, Harald Schaumburg, recommended Graf write off the costs, which were incurred trying to save her reputation in the scandal, Stern said.