Paris റ Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema has been found guilty in a sex tape controversy that has caused a stir in French football circles. The punishment is one year of suspended imprisonment and a fine of more than half a crore rupees. Benzema was convicted five years ago. The controversy stemmed from Benzema’s involvement in a sex tape leaked to blackmail national teammate Matthew Valbuena. The court convicted four people, including Benzema, of being found guilty.
Benzema will not have to stay in jail as he is a suspended prisoner. From the outset, Benzema denied any involvement in the incident. Benzema did not appear in court when the sentence was handed down. Matthew Valbuena, who currently plays for Greek club Olympiacos, also did not appear on court. Benzema’s lawyer said he would appeal against the court’s verdict finding him guilty.
The incident related to the case took place in June 2015. Both were members of the French team’s national camp at the time. Benzema was still a Real Madrid player. Valbuena is also the star of the French club Olympique Lyonnais. Some people have threatened to release a pornographic video related to Valbuena at the camp. Benzema allegedly forced them to pay. It is alleged that Benzema was involved in a plot to extort money from four other people. However, Benzema’s position from the outset was that he was trying to solve the problem.
The two players were left out of the French team for the Euro Cup held at home after the sex tape blackmail case came to court. Benzema recently returned to the French national football team after a six-year exile. Coach Didier Deschamps’ special intervention helped to secure a place in the 26 – man squad for the Euro Cup. Benzema had previously played in a friendly in October 2015 against Armenia.
English Summary: Karim Benzema handed suspended prison sentence & €75,000 fine after being found guilty of blackmail