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05th Nov 2015

Karim Benzema charged over Valbuena sextape blackmail plot

Potential five-year sentence

Ben Kiely

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema could face up to five years in jail for his role in an alleged sex tape blackmail plot against fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena.

Spanish outlet AS are reported that the French star confessed he played a part in the scheme after being questioned by police in Versailles on Wednesday morning.

The 27-year-old Real Madrid star has claimed he himself was a victim of blackmailers, a source told The Daily Mail on Thursday. It is thought that one of Benzema’s relatives was contacted by the suspected blackmailers to try to get Benzema involved in their scheme, the source said.

According to a source, Benzema mentioned the sextape to Valbuena during a meeting of the French squad in October.  Police were originally seeking to determine whether Benzema was teasing Valbuena when he brought up the tape, or attempting to make him pay the blackmailers.

But the France international has now been charged and could potentially spend five years in jail if found guilty.