Karim Benzema has had to deal with the accusations since 2015, and at one point it cost him his spot on the French national team. Now the blackmailing scandal between Benzema, Mathieu Valbuena, Mustapha Zouaoui, and others is set to come to a close on Friday as a judge will issue the verdict in the sex tape scandal that rocked French soccer.
In 2015, Mathieu Valbuena asked a man in Marseille, Axel Angot, to transfer all contents of his phone to a new one, Angot found an explicit video of Valbuena. Later Valbuena accuses Angot and Mustapha Zouaoui of trying to blackmail him by making the contents of the tape public.
For Benzema his involvement in the case stems that a childhood friend of his Karim Zenati also got involved in the alleged blackmail and Benzema is said to have acted as a middleman with Valbuena. Benzema approached Valbuena during training with France to get rid of the tape because the people involved were “thugs”. This set off a string of events that could land Benzema in jail.
Karim Benzema could go to jail in sex tape allegations
When Karim Benzema approached Valbuena regarding the sex tape, the police by then had been recording the conversations with the parties involved and Benzema was recorded as saying "He's not taking us seriously.", to which Zenati responded: "We're here to sort it out; if he doesn't want that he'll have to deal with the piranhas."
If Benzema is found guilty, he could face five years in jail and a €75,000 fine. It will most likely mark the end of his career, and tarnish what has been a remarkable playing career. Benzema has always professed his innocence, and his lawyers have stated the Real Madrid forward does not have direct involvement in the case.
Mathieu Valbuena never again played for the French national team following the incident and Benzema had only recently returned to the team.