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Sex-tape Blackmail Trial: Prosecutors Calls For 10 Months Suspension And €75,000 Fine For Karim Benzema

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Prosecutors in Karim Benzema’s trial over an alleged attempt to blackmail former France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena with his sex tape have called for the Real Madrid player to be handed a 10-month suspended sentence and a €75,000 (£63,194) fine.

A verdict is expected to be delivered on Friday, October 22. 

On day two of Benzema’s trial on Thursday, he was described as ‘cavalier’ after failing to show up.

The legal team acting on behalf of the Real Madrid striker told the court in Versailles on day one that professional obligations made it ‘impossible’ for him to attend.

Benzema had played in the Champions League in Ukraine the night before the first day of the trial and is now training for Sunday’s El Clasico clash with Barcelona in LaLiga – one of the biggest games in world football.

Investigators allege that the 33-year-old encouraged Valbuena to pay a group of alleged blackmailers in order to keep the sexually explicit tape out of the public eye.

Prosecutors say Valbuena received a first call threatening to expose the sex tape in early June 2015 while at the French squad’s training centre in Clairefontaine, west of Paris.

The anonymous caller said he wanted to ‘come to an arrangement’ with Valbuena and told him to name an intermediary.

Prosecutors allege Benzema was recruited by the alleged blackmailers to convince his team-mate to pay up.

Benzema has denied wrongdoing and his lawyer has described the case against the player as ‘absurd’. 

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