Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema will face trial in October on blackmailing former French teammate Mathieu Valbuena in a sex tape. This was reported on March 30 by the Versailles prosecutor’s office.
Benzema is suspected of pressuring Valbuena in 2015 to pay blackmailers who threatened to release an intimate video featuring Mathieu.
After the story went public, Benzema, arguably the most talented French striker of his generation, was dropped from the national team. Since November 2015, he has not played for the national team. Benzema scored 27 goals in 81 appearances for the French national team.