Benzema sex-tape trial: Real Madrid star handed suspended prison sentence

Benzema sex-tape trial: Real Madrid star handed suspended prison sentence

The Real Madrid forward was found guilty of being complicit in a criminal plot against his former France international team-mate.

Karim Benzema has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of blackmailing his former France international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena. The Real Madrid striker has also been fined €75,000 for his role in the criminal scheme. Benzema stood trial last month for his role in former Lyon and France team-mate Valbuena being blackmailed over a sex tape ahead of a friendly against Armenia five years ago.

What has been said?

Benzema's lawyer said they would appeal the decision: "We are quite flabbergasted by this judgment. An appeal is necessary. He will be exonerated at the height of this appeal." The striker had denied any involvement in the incident.

What happened?

Blackmailers threatened to release a sex tape in which Valbuena appeared unless they were paid off, and Benzema encouraged his former team-mate to pay the group. However, Valbuena alerted authorities instead of dealing with the blackmailers directly, and Benzema was exiled from the France national team once his role in the scandal came to light. Didier Deschamps eventually recalled the 33-year-old ahead of the summer's European Championship. Benzema, who labelled the charges a "masquerade" and did not turn up to court and thus was tried in absentia, could have faced up to five years in prison for the charges. Valbuena, who attended the trial, explained his motives in informing the authorities of his old France's team-mate's scheme. He said during the trial in October: "When he [Benzema] told me he wanted to talk to me, I did not think he would talk to me about that. When I had that conversation, I came out of the room, I was shocked. I felt that he insisted that I meet with a person who was to act as an intermediary. He was very insistent."

Latest Real Madrid news

Latest news on JJA Sport Studio

Login to post comments

Facebook

upcoming matches

Friday, 3 December 2021
FC Groningen vs PEC Zwolle
20:00
Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig
20:30
Granada CF vs Deportivo Alaves
21:00
Saturday, 4 December 2021
West Ham United vs Chelsea FC
13:30
Sevilla FC vs Villarreal
14:00

JJA Sport Studio +

Calendar

« December 2021 »
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    
Go to top
JSN Time 2 is designed by JoomlaShine.com | powered by JSN Sun Framework
X

Right Click

all our work is copyright protected. Due to this we have disable right mouse click option