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World Benzema on trial in French sex tape blackmail case

14:26  20 october  2021
14:26  20 october  2021 Source:   bbc.com

Karim Benzema To Go On Trial Wednesday In Sex-tape Case

  Karim Benzema To Go On Trial Wednesday In Sex-tape Case Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who has long been involved in a sex-tape case, will appear in French court on Wednesday on trial. Six years ago Benzema was accused of ‘complicity’ in an attempt to blackmail former French teammate Mathieu Valbuena over the use of a sex-tape. According to reports in France, as of Monday, it was still unclear whether or not Benzema would attend the trial. The Frenchman is currently in Ukraine to play in Real Madrid’s game against Shakhtar Donetsk tomorrow.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has gone on trial in France accused of complicity in an attempt to blackmail fellow footballer Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape found on his phone.

On the pitch Karim Benzema, 33, has scored for Real Madrid and France in the past 10 days © Reuters On the pitch Karim Benzema, 33, has scored for Real Madrid and France in the past 10 days

He has ridiculed the charge against him as a "masquerade" and did not appear at the court in Versailles.

The case dates back to June 2015, when the two footballers were at a France training camp.

The saga rocked French football and both players lost their team places.

Karim Benzema, 33, has since returned to the France team and scored in Real Madrid's victory in Kyiv on Tuesday in the Uefa Champions League.

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He is on trial with four other men accused of trying to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena,, who told the court on Wednesday that football was his life.

"I knew if that video got out it would make things difficult with the French team," he said, according to reporters.

The sex tape case began in 2015 when Mr Valbuena, now 37, asked a man in Marseille, Axel Angot, to upload the contents of his mobile phone to a new device.

Mr Angot found sexually explicit material on the phone, and he and another defendant in the trial, Mustapha Zouaoui, are then accused of trying to blackmail Mr Valbuena by threatening to make the tape public.

Mr Zouaoui told reporters he had shared the tape, but there had never been an attempt to extort money.

When the player went to the police, an undercover agent named Luka was given the task of negotiating on his behalf.

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The defendants are accused of approaching a childhood friend of Mr Benzema called Karim Zenati.

Then in October 2015 the Real Madrid striker approached his fellow France player in his room at the national team's training camp.

Mathieu Valbuena and Karim Benzema (right) were both playing for France until the case emerged © Getty Images Mathieu Valbuena and Karim Benzema (right) were both playing for France until the case emerged

Mr Benzema said he had merely tried to help his team-mate get rid of the compromising video, warning him: "Be careful, Math, they're big, big thugs."

He then offered to put him touch with someone he could trust - his childhood friend, Mr Zenati.

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Police were by now tapping their phone calls and recorded Mr Benzema telling his childhood friend: "He's not taking us seriously".

Mr Zenati is said to have replied: "We're here to sort it out; if he doesn't want that he'll have to deal with the piranhas."

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Meanwhile, Mr Valbuena is said to have already told his family about the footage on his phone.

Among the four defendants accused of attempted blackmail is Mustapha Zouaoui © Reuters Among the four defendants accused of attempted blackmail is Mustapha Zouaoui

Giving evidence at the start of the trial, Mathieu Valbuena said he had never considered handing over money to stop the video getting out.

The defence lawyers have already argued that police were wrong to use an undercover agent and that the agent pushed the defendants to demand money. But French courts threw out the lawyers' objections to police methods in 2018.

The trial will continue until the end of the week, with four defendants facing charges of attempted blackmail and Karim Benzema accused of complicity.

The maximum sentence for complicity in attempted blackmail is five years in jail and a €75,000 (£63,000) fine.

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© provided by Sports.co.uk IT FLAMBE Since the beginning of the season with Real Madrid. Jocelyn Gourvennec, Bruno Genesio, Gérald Batix, Antoine Kombouaré ... In the coaches of Ligue 1, it is Karim Benzema which wins the most votes in the race to the golden ball. And among the coaches of the elite, Christophe Galtier issued the most beautiful advocacy for the attacker of Real Madrid and the France team.

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