Actual Madrid ahead Karim Benzema will face trial for his alleged involvement in blackmailing former France teammate Matthieu Valbuena in a “intercourse tape” scandal, the Versailles prosecutor’s workplace mentioned Thursday.
Benzema is suspected of getting pressured his former nationwide workforce teammate to pay blackmailers who threatened to disclose an intimate video during which Valbuena featured. He’ll stand trial on the cost of conspiracy to try blackmail, the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned in a message to The Related Press. A date for the trial has but to be set.
The 33-year-old Benzema, probably the most proficient French ahead of his era, has been banned from the nationwide workforce since November 2015 due to his suspected involvement within the scandal, regardless of constant showings with Actual Madrid.
The investigators who charged Benzema consider he was approached by a childhood good friend that yr to behave as an middleman and persuade Valbuena to deal instantly with the blackmailers. As a substitute, Valbuena knowledgeable the police.
4 different folks may even stand trial within the case. Benzema denies any wrongdoing.
“This resolution is as a lot absurd because it was predictable,” Benzema lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, advised the AP, denouncing a perceived “persecution” towards the participant.
When the story broke, Benzema confronted a deluge of criticism and then-Prime Minister Manuel Valls mentioned the previous Lyon participant had “no place” within the nationwide workforce. Former French President Francois Hollande was quoted as saying in a e book that Benzema was not an instance of morality.
Benzema, who’s of Algerian descent, had a very good relationship with France coach Didier Deschamps. However he accused Deschamps of giving in to stress from racists when the coach determined to not embody him within the squad for the 2016 European Championship.
Benzema has not performed for France since scoring twice in a Four-Zero win over Armenia in October 2015, taking his tally to 27 targets in 81 internationals. He has greater than 250 targets for Actual Madrid and received 4 Champions League titles with the Spanish membership.