Karim Benzema on Wednesday was convicted of conspiring to blackmail former French national team colleague Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape.
A court in Versailles found Benzema, 33, guilty of “complicity” in the affair in which blackmailers attempted to extort money from Valbuena over a sex tape. The Real Madrid player was handed a 12-month suspended sentence and a €75,000 ($84,150) fine.
The verdict is the latest chapter of a legal saga that dates back to 2015 which saw Benzema exiled from the French national team for nearly six years. Benzema’s lawyers on Wednesday told reporters that they intend to appeal the verdict.
dv (AFP, Reuters)