“Sextape” trial: Karim Benzema’s lawyer claims the player has withdrawn his appeal

An evening like no other for Karim Benzema on Friday evening. A prodigious scorer with a goal that made the entire Danish defense cold, the French striker could only see the damage when Denmark returned and then punished the Blues at the end of the match (2-1). That was on the field. Outside, we learned a little later from his lawyer that the Real Madrid player was renouncing to appeal in the case of the “sextape”.

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It is a legal truth. But that’s not the reality

Exhausted“by the procedure according to the statements of his lawyer in L’Equipe, Benzema was sentenced at first instance to a one-year suspended prison sentence.”This withdrawal ratifies a decision of condemnation and apparently guilt. It is a legal truth. But that’s not the reality“, commented Me Hugues Vigier with the sports daily.

This reversal makes final the sentence pronounced at first instance, in November 2021, against the center forward of Real Madrid. He had been sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of 75,000 euros for complicity in attempted blackmail against his former teammate in the France team, Mathieu Valbuena.

Mathieu Valbuena and Karim Benzema at the 2014 World Cup.

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Five convicts in total

The 34-year-old was the only one of the five convicted of attempted blackmail or complicity to have appealed his criminal sanction. He was to be retried on June 30 and July 1 before the 9th chamber of the Versailles Court of Appeal. In its judgment, the Versailles Criminal Court had estimated that the footballer had “personally involved, at the cost of subterfuge and lies, to convince his teammate to submit to blackmail“.

Benzema, who has always claimed his innocence in this affair, stayed away from the Blues for more than five years before making a surprise return to Didier Deschamps’ team before Euro 2021. He is now one of the indisputable executives of the tricolor selection which calls into play its title of world champion in November in Qatar.

(With AFP)

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