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Sex Video Extortion Case, Benzema Sentenced To 1 Year Jail

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Versailles

Karim Benzema was found guilty of extorting a sex video from his former team-mate, Mathieu Valbuena. Benzema was sentenced to a year in suspended prison.

The France and Real Madrid international was also ordered to pay a fine of 75,000 euros (Rp 1.2 billion) by the Versailles Court. In addition, the player was also ordered to pay 80,000 euros (Rp 1.3 billion) to Valbuena to replace his legal fees and 150 thousand euros (Rp 2.4 billion) for compensation along with three other defendants.

Benzema himself denied any involvement in the sex video extortion case and did not appear in court. Each attorney completed the process of providing case evidence on October 22, before the judge announced his decision this morning (24/11/2021).

The judge said that even though Benzema did not know the details of the blackmail, he was considered to have taken part in it. Benzema is said to have used trickery to try to achieve his goals while being supported by his co-defendants.

Karim Benzema’s attorney confirmed that he would appeal. “We are quite surprised by this decision. An appeal is needed. He will be released on this appeal,” he said the Athletic.

Valbuena has not played for France since the case came to light. Meanwhile, Benzema was ‘frozen’ for five years before being called up again for Les Bleus ahead of Euro 2020.

However, Benzema can breathe a sigh of relief because his career in the French national team remains safe despite being found guilty in this case. Earlier this month, FFF (French Football Federation) president Noel Le Graet revealed that Benzema was guaranteed not to be excluded from the squad regardless of the outcome of the trial.

Benzema has been very good since returning to the France squad. The 33-year-old forward has scored nine goals plus two assists in his last 13 appearances at international level.

At club level, Benzema has scored 14 goals and provided eight assists for Real Madrid in 16 games across all competitions. He is scheduled to strengthen Madrid when facing the Sheriff in the Champions League continued, Thursday (25/11/2021) WIB.

(rin / krs)

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