Provocateur Karim Benzema calls for ‘masquerade to end forever’ in response to trial slated for October over his alleged role in teammate Mathieu Valbuena’s 2015 sex tape blackmail plot
- Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to appear in court in October this year
- He allegedly played a role in Mathieu Valbuena’s sex-tape blackmail plot six years ago
- Benzema is suspected of pressuring ex-teammate to pay blackmailers
- October 20-22 trial date to coincide with Champions League group stages
Defiant Karim Benzema broke his silence after it emerged he will appear in court in October for his alleged role in Mathieu Valbuena’s sex-tape blackmail plot from six years ago.
The Real Madrid forward is believed to have pressured his former France team-mate to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate video featuring Valbuena. On Tuesday, it was reported that Benzema would be on trial from Wednesday October 20 to Friday October 22.
Benzema responded on her Instagram story, writing alongside a screenshot of the news: “ Yes, finally. May the masquerade end forever.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema (above) will be on trial from October 20-22 this year for his alleged role in the sex-tape blackmail of teammate Mathieu Valbuena in 2015.
Benzema responded to the news through her Instagram Story, writing alongside a screenshot: “ Yes, finally. May the masquerade end forever.
Benzema is suspected of pressuring former France team-mate Valbuena (left) to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate video in which Valbuena was featured.
Real, currently third in La Liga, are likely to take part in the Champions League next season with matchday three of the group stage scheduled for October 19-20.
The striker’s alleged involvement has cost him his place in the France squad since 2015 despite his consistent top performances for the La Liga giants.
When the story broke, Benzema faced a deluge of criticism and then Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the former Lyon player had ‘no place’ in the squad national. He has been unable to mend relations and return for Les Bleus.
Benzema has scored 27 goals in 81 appearances for France after making his international debut in 2007.
Investigators who indicted Benzema believe he was approached by a childhood friend to mediate and convince Valbuena to deal directly with the blackmailers. Instead, Valbuena informed the police.
The striker’s alleged involvement has cost him his place in the France squad since 2015 – Benzema pictured celebrating a goal for his country in 2013
Benzema leaves a courthouse in Versailles in November 2015 when the scandal erupted
Four other people will also be tried in this case. Benzema denies any wrongdoing.
In January, it was reported that the 33-year-old would stand trial. Benzema posted a screenshot of a French newspaper article The team on updating the case as he asked his 36.9 million Instagram followers when will the ‘prank’ end.
Reacting to the news of the trial, Benzema’s lawyer Sylvian Cormier called the decision “absurd”.
“We are unfortunately not surprised by this decision, which is as absurd as expected,” said Cormier.
“I am dismayed to note that we have to distort the elements gathered in the investigation to justify sending my client to court.
“We will explain ourselves to the judges of the court to demonstrate this abuse.
Benzema moaned, “How long will this prank last?” on Instagram (right) following the news he will stand trial for alleged involvement in blackmailing Valbuena into a sex tape
The 33-year-old striker continues to be a key player for Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid side