Karim Benzema Wiki – Karim Benzema Biography
Karim Benzema, Real Madrid forward, handed a one-year suspended jail sentence in a sex tape case.
Benzema, a player for the France National Team and Real Madrid, was found guilty of being involved in a 2015 attempt to blackmail France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
He is 33 years old.
Sex Tape Case
Benzema was found guilty of being involved in an attempt in 2015 to blackmail France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
The Versailles court decision is unlikely to affect Benzema’s immediate sporting future. The forward is regarded as one of the favorites to win the Ballon d’Or award on Nov. 29 in Paris following an impressive season with Madrid. French federation president Noel Le Great has already said Benzema would keep playing with France even if found guilty.
Benzema’s lawyers said he would appeal.
Benzema, who denied wrongdoing, didn’t attend the trial in Versailles last month and was absent for the verdict.
The four other defendants were also found guilty and did not appear at the court Wednesday.
“The reaction is ultimately an angry one to this judgment which is perfectly contradictory,” Benzema’s lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, told reporters outside court, the BBC reported.
Trial & Jailed
Prosecutors had asked that Benzema be fined 75,000 euros, the maximum allowed on the charge, and be given a suspended 10-month jail term if found guilty.
Benzema was charged with conspiracy in the blackmail attempt over a sex tape.
After preliminary charges in November 2015, Benzema was dropped from France’s national team by coach Didier Deschamps. That resulted in Benzema missing the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup, which France won.
Deschamps recalled Benzema ahead of the delayed Euro 2020 tournament and has since fielded him regularly.