Karim Benzema will have to report to a court in France after French prosecutors have asked for the Real Madrid striker to stand trial in connection with an attempt to blackmail former France teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape. Benzema has been questioned before in this case, which has also cost Benzema his spot in the national team of France.
In 2015 Valbuena was reportedly contacted by a group of blackmailers who threatened the midfielder to leak an intimate video of him. It is was then believed that Benzema encouraged his teammate to meet the financial demands of the blackmailers. Later on Benzema was accused of being involved in blackmail plot.
Benzema has always denied being involved and has insisted that he only broached the subject with Valbuena to warn him such a tape existed. Valbuena told during an in-depth interview that Benzema had urged him to pay the blackmailers to avoid the sextape being made public and condemned his compatriot’s actions.
Benzema has not played for his country since 2015, with France head coach Didier Deschamps publicly expressing his belief that the Real Madrid forward ‘crossed the line’, and the Versailles prosecutor has now requested a trial against the 32-year-old, along with four other suspects.