L’Equipe publishes transcript of Karim Benzema ‘sex tape blackmail’ conversation

L’Equipe have published a transcript of a conversation between Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and a childhood friend that is set to form part of the case against him in the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape blackmail investigation.

Benzema has been charged with conspiring to commit a criminal act and complicity to blackmail – offences which carry a prison sentence of a minimum of five years under French law – over allegations that Lyon midfielder and international team-mate Valbuena was being held to ransom over an intimate video.

Details of a call between Benzema and Karim Zenati, a childhood friend who was allegedly acting as a go-between for blackmailers, were originally leaked to the French press on Tuesday with radio station Europe 1 reporting some extracts of the conversation. Benzema is reported to have explained to Zenati how he told Valbuena: “If you want the video to be destroyed, my friend will come to see you in Lyon. Speak to him. You can see everything. As far as I am concerned you can do as you wish. If you don’t want to, it’s your life, I warned you.” Benzema’s lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, hit out at the leaks and claimed “snippets of conversation [were] carefully selected to be shown to the public.” But now L’Equipe has published a lengthier transcript on its website.

What did Benzema say?

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You’ll have to go to L’Equipe’s website for the full transcript. But as well as the extract above, L’Equipe reveals Benzema told his friend that Valbuena thought it was a joke, adding: “I don’t think he is taking us seriously.” Benzema explained it was not a joke. “I told him: ‘I can help you out. You have to see this guy. You have my word that there are no more copies.'”

Benzema also said: “He turned white … I saw him swallow. He began to swallow two, three times.” As Valbuena started to panic, Benzema said: “You can do whatever you want. Okay, If you don’t want to pay, it’s your life but I have warned you.”

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