Karim Benzema charged over Valbuena sex tape blackmail allegations

Karim Benzema has been charged over his alleged involvement in a sex tape blackmail plot against fellow France internationalMathieu Valbuena.
The prosecutor said the Real Madrid star has been charged with “complicity in attempted blackmail and participation in a criminal association planning an offence punishable by at least five years imprisonment (in this case blackmail).”
Benzema, 27, is not allowed to have any contact with Lyon midfielder Valbuena after being charged.
Neither man was included in France’s squad to face England and Germany in upcoming friendlies on Thursday.
Benzema was arrested on Wednesday morning in France and questioned over the scandal which also saw former France striker Djibril Cisse taken into custody last month.
Cisse was released after being questioned by police but Benzema was referred to the investigating judge in the Versailles courthouse after spending the night in custody.
News agency AFP says Benzema, who plays with Valbuena for the France national team, emerged from the headquarters of the judicial police at Versailles at around 9am CET on Thursday.station in Versailles – AFP
“Karim Benzema was taken to the courthouse to be brought before a judge who will decide later on in the procedure,” said a public prosecutor. “The judge will decide at the end of this presentation the status of Karim Benzema in the procedure, particularly his possible indictment or his placement under the status of assisted witness.”
AFP are reporting that Benzema has recognised that he intervened in the blackmail affair and now the striker has been formally charged.

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