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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was charged on Thursday in an extortion case involving a sex tape featuring fellow French international Mathieu Valbuena, the prosecutor’s office said on Thursday.

 

Benzema, 27, has been charged with “complicity in an attempt to blackmail” and conspiring to commit a criminal act, which is punishable by at least five years in prison, the prosecutor’s office in Versailles outside Paris said.

 

Benzema reportedly ‘admitted’ to blackmailing Valbuena over ‘sex-tape’

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has admitted involvement in an alleged extortion case over a sex tape featuring fellow French international Mathieu Valbuena but said he himself was a victim of blackmailers, a source said Thursday.

“Karim Benzema has admitted speaking to Valbuena at the request of a childhood friend, who was approached by three blackmailers who were in possession of the sex tape,” the source close to the investigation said.

By AFP