Real Madrid Star Benzema Goes On Trial In Sextape Case

Real Madrid Star Benzema Goes On Trial In Sextape Case 2
France’s ahead Karim Benzema reacts as he takes half a coaching session on the Olympic stadium in Turin, on October 8, 2021 two days previous to the UEFA Nations League remaining soccer match between Spain and France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

 

Real Madrid ahead Karim Benzema goes on trial in France on Wednesday accused of complicity within the tried blackmail of former worldwide teammate Mathieu Valbuena in a case generally known as the “sextape affair”.

Benzema, 33, stands accused of serving to a bunch of alleged blackmailers to method Valbuena in an try and extort cash. Four different males are additionally on trial.

The case value each Benzema and 37-year-old Valbuena their place within the French nationwide crew, though Benzema was restored to the lineup for this 12 months’s European championship.

The case centres on the position that Benzema is suspected of enjoying within the murky affair six years in the past, which began when Valbuena handed his smartphone to Axel Angot, a person related to footballing circles within the southern port metropolis of Marseille, with the request to switch its contents to a brand new gadget.

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Angot, now on trial for breach of belief, got here throughout sexually specific footage on the telephone involving Valbuena.

Prosecutors says he then explored methods — along with a buddy, Mustapha Zouaoui — to method Valbuena and threaten publication of the footage until he paid them.

Valbuena obtained a number of calls in June 2015 threatening publicity of the footage, which he reported to police.

The blackmailers then went to former French worldwide Djibril Cisse, who refused to behave as their messenger, as an alternative warning Valbuena of what was brewing.

Cisse, who performed for Premier League membership Liverpool throughout his profession, was initially charged within the case, however later cleared.

What adopted is an imbroglio involving a number of shadowy middlemen, certainly one of whom turned out to be an spy known as “Luka” positioned by police who had been making an attempt to get proof earlier than taking motion towards the protagonists.

Eventually the presumed blackmailers went to certainly one of Benzema’s outdated mates, Karim Zenati, who prosecutors say enlisted Benzema’s assist to succeed in Valbuena.

‘Very heavy criminals’

On Oct 6, 2015, Benzema went to see Valbuena in his room on the French nationwide crew’s coaching centre at Clairefontaine, west of Paris.

He advised his teammate that he might introduce him to a “trustworthy person” to assist him “manage” the potential publication of a compromising video.

In what Benzema later claimed was an try to assist his teammate out of a tough scenario, he advised him: “Be careful ‘Math’, these are very, very heavy criminals.”

Benzema then known as his childhood buddy Karim Zenati, who was by then appearing as an middleman for the alleged blackmailers, and advised him in a dialog wiretapped by police: “He’s not taking us seriously.”

Prosecutors say that the phrase “us” proves that Benzema noticed himself as a part of the blackmail scheme.

Valbuena mentioned later that the dialog left him with the sensation that he was “being played for a fool”.

“If he doesn’t want us to handle this for him, he’ll have to deal with the piranhas,” Zenati mentioned, claiming later that every one he needed to do was alert Valbuena to the existence of the video.

Benzema replied that “they will piss on him”, and in a subsequent dialog referred to Valbuena with a derogatory time period for a gay, which he mentioned later was meant “in a friendly way”.

The most sentence for complicity in tried blackmail is 5 years in jail and a wonderful of 70,000 euros ($81,000).

Benzema has argued that the undercover police officer used dishonest strategies to attract him into the affair.

It was unclear on Monday whether or not the striker, who’s scheduled to play for Real Madrid towards Shakhtar Donetsk in a Champions League match in Ukraine on Tuesday, will attend the trial. His attorneys didn’t reply to AFP’s requests for clarification.

Valbuena, who now performs for Greek membership Olympiakos, shall be current, his lawyer mentioned.

The sextape case brought on Benzema to be exiled from France’s nationwide soccer crew for years — a choice he known as ‘racist’ — however the striker returned to “Les Bleus” this 12 months in time for the European championship.

France coach Didier Deschamps mentioned this month that “he’s no longer the same person, he’s matured”.

Benzema has scored a complete of 243 targets for Real and stays a key a part of their aspect.

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Real Madrid Star Benzema Goes On Trial In Sextape Case

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