French football star Karim Benzema sentenced in sex tape scandal

Zenati was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Of the others, two were given prison terms of two and a half years and one was given an 18-...


Zenati was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Of the others, two were given prison terms of two and a half years and one was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence.

In addition to criminal fines, the defendants were also ordered to pay € 250,000, or approximately $ 281,000, in damages to Valbuena. They are jointly and severally liable for € 150,000 out of this total, Benzema being ordered to pay an additional € 80,000 individually and the other defendants an additional € 5,000 each.

The court in Versailles, southwest of Paris, learned at trial last month how Valbuena was first alerted in 2015 by another teammate from France to the existence of an intimate video of him, believed to have was stolen from Valbuena’s cell phone.

In June of the same year, Valbuena received several phone calls from men threatening to post the video if he did not pay them tens of thousands of euros. Valbuena refused and instead filed a criminal complaint.

After several unsuccessful attempts, the blackmailers were believed to have contacted Zenati, in the hopes that he would push Benzema to speak with Valbuena and encourage him to pay, the court was told.

In October 2015, during a conversation with Valbuena at the France team’s training center in Clairefontaine, near Paris, Benzema said he could help his teammate by putting him in touch with someone who could solve the problem, the court said.

Benzema, who did not attend the trial, admitted to acting as an intermediary but always maintained that he was simply offering Valbuena friendly advice on how to handle the blackmail attempt, without participating in it.

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