Soon the end of a sad affair for the French team, Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena. The Versailles public prosecutor’s office confirmed on Tuesday the date of the trial of the Real Madrid striker in the so-called sextape affair. According to AFP information, the Madrilenian trial will be held from October 20 to 22 before the court in Versailles.
The 33-year-old striker, who has not been called up to the French team since October 2015, due to the consequences of this court case and a quarrel with Didier Deschamps, faces up to five years of imprisonment and a 75,000 euros fine in this case. Four other men are being prosecuted for attempted blackmail on Mathieu Valbuena, also a former Blues player and now installed in Greece at Olympiacos.
By having potentially served as an intermediary between the blackmailers and the attacking midfielder, Karim Benzema risks in theory a sentence similar to that of the blackmailer. In July 2020, the prosecution requested a trial for “complicit in attempted blackmail” against the French international. Decision confirmed last January with his referral to the Versailles Criminal Court.
If a heavy conviction of the striker of Real seems unlikely, his criminal record being taken into account in the event of a sentence being pronounced, his image with the general public may once again be harmed. © e.
Always presumed innocent in this case, Karim Benzema finds himself facing justice because of a conversation with Mathieu Valbuena during a rally of the French team in October 2015. On the sidelines of a friendly match of the Blues against the Armenia in Nice, “KB9” would have discussed this intimate video with his teammate of the? Time. The heart of this affair between the two former partners of the French selection rests on the interpretation of this exchange.
“Mathieu Valbuena interprets this conversation as pressure. On the contrary, Karim Benzema interprets it as a warning, observed Avi Bitton, lawyer at the Paris bar, in early January for RMC. It will be in court , after having examined all the parts and all the evidence, to determine whether Karim Benzema was really complicit in this blackmail, or if on the contrary he wanted to help and prevent Mathieu Valbuena. “
After more than five years of waiting, tensions, legal battles and controversies, the sex-tape affair will finally come to an end.