Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema received a year's suspended sentence for intimate video blackmail Karim Benzema received a suspended sentence of one year in prison. This is reported by RMC Sport.
This decision was made by the Versailles criminal court in the case of blackmailing an intimate video of another French footballer Mathieu Valbuena, who now plays for the Greek Olympiacos.
Benzema was found guilty in complicity in an attempt at blackmail. In addition to the suspended sentence, the forward will pay a fine of 75 thousand euros. The court concluded that the Frenchman was not aware of the criminal nature of his actions.
In 2015, the attackers received an intimate video featuring Valbuena. The blackmailers contacted Benzema, who passed on their demands to his teammate.
In the same year, the Real Madrid forward was expelled from the French national team. As a result, the striker missed the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which was victorious for the French. He returned to the team ahead of Euro 2020.