Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, will face a trial for his alleged involvement in blackmailing former France teammate Mathieu Valbuena in a “sex tape” scandal, the Versailles prosecutor’s office has confirmed.
Benzema is alleged to have pressured Valbuena to pay blackmailers, who threatened to reveal an intimate video in which he was featured in.
He will face trial on the charge of conspiracy to attempt blackmail, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
A date for the trial have not yet been set at the moment though.
Benzema, aged 33, has been banned from the French national team since November 2015 because of his suspected involvement in the scandal, despite consistent showings with Real Madrid in La Liga.
French investigators who charged Benzema believe he was approached by a childhood friend of his that year … to act as an intermediary, and persuade Valbuena to deal directly with the blackmailers.
However, Valbuena informed the police about the blackmail instead.