French footballer Benzema receives one year suspended prison sentence in connection with “sex tape” trial
A court in Versailles on Wednesday found France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema guilty of complicity in the attempt to blackmail former international teammate Mathieu Valbuena on a sex tape and sentenced him to one year in prison. .
He was also fined 75,000 euros ($ 84,170).
Benzema, who had denied any wrongdoing, was not in court. He is expected to play for the Spanish club against Sheriff Tiraspol’s Moldovan side later today.
Prosecutors had argued that Benzema encouraged Valbuena to pay an alleged group of blackmailers in order to keep the sexually explicit tape out of public view.