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footballer Karim Benzema will be judged in October


Real Madrid striker is charged for inciting the player Mathieu Valbuena to pay blackmailers who threatened to unveil an intimate video featuring him.
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After six years of legal twists and turns, the trial dates are finally known. Footballer Karim Benzema, sued for “complicity in attempted blackmail” in the case of “sextape” by Mathieu Valbuena, will be tried by the court of Versailles from October 20 to 22, 2021.

The Real Madrid star is accused of inciting Mathieu Valbuena, currently under contract with Olympiakos in Greece, to pay blackmailers who threatened to unveil an intimate video featuring him.

The affair begins when Mathieu Valbuena changes his cell phone and entrusts a certain Axel Angot, prosecuted in this case, with the task of transferring the files from one phone to another. Among these documents, a video of a sexual nature featuring the attacking environment. In June 2015, he filed a complaint after an anonymous call offering to “s’arranger” to avoid the spread of the sextape.

The file revolves in particular around a discussion in October 2015 between the two men at Clairefontaine, the training center of the French football team, during which Karim Benzema would have explained that he could “present someone you trust” to Mathieu Valbuena, according to the referral order consulted by AFP, to help him “to manage” the possible publication of this compromising video. Justice will have to determine if this exchange is friendly advice or tortious pressure.

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The 33-year-old French striker, who has not been called up for the national team since October 2015, faces up to five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros. Four other men are being prosecuted for attempted blackmail and one of them is also being prosecuted for breach of trust.



Source site www.francetvinfo.fr

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