Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema will face trial ‘from October 20-22 this year’ for his alleged role in teammate Mathieu Valbuena’s sex tape blackmail in 2015, which ended his international career with France.
- Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema will appear in court later this year
- He is said to have played a role in Mathieu Valbuena’s blackmail plot six years ago
- He 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
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema will face court in October for his alleged role in the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape blackmail plot from six years ago.
Benzema is suspected of pressuring his former French national teammate to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate video featuring Valbuena.
AFP claims that Benzema will be on trial from Wednesday, October 20 to Friday, October 22.
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema (above) will face trial ‘from October 20-22 this year’ for his alleged role in teammate Mathieu Valbuena’s sex tape blackmail in 2015.
Benzema is suspected of pressuring former French teammate Valbuena (left) to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate video featuring Valbuena.
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.
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.
Benzema is leaving a courthouse in Versailles in November 2015 when the scandal surfaced
The 33-year-old striker remains a central player for Zinedine Zidane’s side at Madrid
Four other people will also be tried in the case. Benzema denies any wrongdoing.
The 33-year-old was said to be on trial in January. 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 (left) 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