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Benzema to face trial for attempted blackmail in sex tape case

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is set to face a trial for attempted blackmail linked to a sex tape featuring his former France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is set to face a trial for attempted blackmail linked to a sex tape featuring his former France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

The public prosecutor’s office in Versailles, France said on Thursday the trial was ordered against the player for complicity in attempting to blackmail Valbuena, who was threatened in a phone call in June 2015 with the publication of the video.

Due to the involvement in the affair Benzema missed the 2016 European Championship in France.

The player’s defence has rejected the allegations according to previous reports. Four other men should also answer in court.

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