Report Wire - Real Madrid star Karim Benzema will get 1-year suspended jail time period in sex-tape trial

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Real Madrid star Karim Benzema will get 1-year suspended jail time period in sex-tape trial

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been handed a one-year suspended jail sentence after being discovered responsible of blackmailing his former France worldwide teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a intercourse tape.

The Versailles court docket additionally fined him 75,000 euros ($84,170) and ordered him to pay Valbuena 80,000 euros to cowl authorized prices and 150,000 euros in damages collectively together with his three different co-accused.Benzema’s lawyer stated he would enchantment in opposition to the decision.Benzema, who had denied any wrongdoing, was not in court docket. He is because of play for Real Madrid in opposition to Moldovan facet Sheriff Tiraspol later within the day.”This outcome in no way corresponds with the reality of events,” lawyer Antoine Vey informed reporters afterward.Real Madrid declined to remark.Earlier this month, the president of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Graet, stated Benzema wouldn’t be excluded from the nationwide group had been he to be convicted and given the suspended sentence prosecutors needed.”The coach will always be responsible for his selection and Benzema will not be left out because of an eventual judicial sanction,” Le Graet informed Le Parisien.Prosecutors had argued that Benzema had inspired Valbuena to pay a suspected group of blackmailers with a view to preserve the sexually specific tape out of the general public eye.Benzema had proven no goodwill to Valbuena and pretended to have his finest pursuits at coronary heart, the judges stated of their written ruling. Benzema had “deliberately helped the authors of the attempted blackmail of Valbuena”, they added.Benzema and Valbuena each misplaced their locations within the nationwide group within the wake of the scandal, dubbed the “sex tape affair”.Benzema, 33, who has performed greater than 90 occasions for his nation, was recalled to the France squad for this yr’s European Championship.