Rebellious Karim Benzema is calling for the “ masquerade to end forever ” in response to a lawsuit scheduled for October for his alleged role in teammate Mathieu Valbuena’s 2015 blackmail plot on sex tape.
- Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will appear in court in October this year
- He is said to have played a role in Mathieu Valbuena’s blackmail plot six years ago
- Benzema is suspected of pressuring his former teammate into paying blackmailers
- The trial period from October 20-22 will coincide with the group stage of the Champions League
A defiant Karim Benzema has broken his silence after it was revealed that he will appear in court in October for his alleged role in the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape blackmail plot from six years ago.
The Real Madrid forward is suspected of pressuring his former French team-mate to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate video featuring Valbuena. It was reported on Tuesday that Benzema will be on trial from Wednesday, October 20 to Friday, October 22.
Benzema responded to his Instagram story, writing alongside a screenshot of the news: ‘Yes, finally. Let the masquerade end forever. ‘
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema (above) will face trial this year from October 20-22 for his alleged role in teammate Mathieu Valbuena’s sex tape blackmail in 2015.
Benzema responded to the news via his Instagram story, writing alongside a screenshot: ‘Yes, finally. Let the masquerade end forever. ‘
Benzema is suspected of pressuring former French teammate Valbuena (left) to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate video featuring Valbuena.
Real, currently third in LaLiga, is likely to play in the Champions League next season with matchday three of the group stage set to take place on October 19-20.
The attacker’s alleged involvement has cost him his place in the French national team since 2015 despite his consistent high-level performance for the LaLiga giants.
When the story broke, Benzema faced an outpouring of criticism and then-Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the former Lyon player had ‘no place’ on the national team. He has not been able to mend relationships and return to Les Bleus.
Benzema scored 27 goals in 81 games for France after his international debut in 2007.
The investigators who accused Benzema believe he was approached by a childhood friend to act as an intermediary and convince Valbuena to deal directly with the blackmailers. Instead, Valbuena notified the police.
The attacker’s alleged involvement has cost him his place in the French national team since 2015 – Benzema imagined celebrating a goal for his country in 2013.
Benzema is leaving a courthouse in Versailles in November 2015 when the scandal surfaced
Four other people will also be tried in the case. Benzema denies any wrongdoing.
In January, it was reported that the 33-year-old would be brought to trial. Benzema posted a screenshot of a story from a French newspaper The team about the update in the case when he asked his 36.9 million Instagram followers when the farce would end.
Responding to news of the trial, Benzema’s attorney Sylvian Cormier described the decision as “absurd.”
“We are unfortunately not surprised by this decision, which is as absurd as expected,” said Cormier.
“I am baffled to be forced to twist the elements gathered in the investigation to justify sending my client to the tribunal.
“We will explain ourselves to the judges of the tribunal to demonstrate this abuse.”
Benzema groaned, “How long will this farce last?” on Instagram (right) after the news, he will be on trial for alleged involvement in blackmailing Valbuena via a sex tape
The 33-year-old striker remains a central player for Zinedine Zidane’s side at Madrid