French international and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has been found culpable of conniving to blackmail a fellow French footballer with a sex tape.
Karim Benzema culpable in sex tape blackmail, according to the judgement from a Judge. The Real Madrid Striker whose team will be in action later tonight against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Uefa Champions League, with this news filtering in might unsettle the lethal striker.
A judge sentenced Karim Benzema to a year suspended jail term and fined him €75,000 (£63,000; $84,000).
Last month, Karim Benzema, 33, was one of five people charged with attempting to extort fellow Frenchman Mathieu Valbuena.
The controversy shook the French football community, and both players were dropped from the national squad.
The two footballers were at a French training camp in June 2015 when the incident occurred.
Prosecutors claim that at the camp, Benzema placed pressure on Valbuena to pay up the blackmailers with whom he had arranged to act as an intermediary.
Benzema has consistently disputed the charges, claiming that all he wanted to do was assist Mathieu Valbuena in getting rid of the compromising video.
The lethal Striker has subsequently returned to the French national team and is scheduled to start for Real Madrid in their Champions League match against FC Sheriff Tiraspol on Wednesday night.
Benzema and Valbuena, who plays for the Greek club Olympiakos, were not present in court in Versailles for the ruling.
Real Madrid is aiming to win tonight’s match and close out the group stage and advance into the knockout stage of the Uefa Champions League.