Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema Gets No Jail Time For Trying to Blackmail Teammate Mathieu Valbuena With a Sex Tape – BlackSportsOnline
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Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema Gets No Jail Time For Trying to Blackmail Teammate Mathieu Valbuena With a Sex Tape

This is an insane story, but alas, I do insane stories every day, so it doesn’t surprise me.

The majority of the time, famous athletes can skate on jail time unless they murder someone, and this was no different even if it seems like this warranted at least a couple of months in jail to teach others not to do it.

Here is what happened.

The case involved a sexually explicit video that prosecutors said Angot discovered on Valbuena’s phone after he had been asked to transfer its contents to a new device. Angot and a third defendant, Zouaoui, tried to use the video to extort money from Valbuena, who was then playing for Lyon and France. They enlisted another defendant, Houass, before eventually turning to Zenati, a childhood friend of Benzema’s, who prosecutors said recruited the forward as a “middleman.” Valbuena contacted the police, who began a sting operation.

Benzema spoke to Valbuena about the video at a France training camp in October 2015. Benzema denied any wrongdoing, saying he was trying to help resolve the situation and warning his teammate to “be careful,” describing the blackmailers as “serious criminals.”

However, police, prosecutors and the court interpreted Benzema’s offer of assistance as abetting the blackmail scheme.

The other men involved, Axel Angot, Mustapha Zouaoui, Younes Houass, and Karim Zenati, all got jail time, and Benzema got a suspended sentence and fine.

The lesson to be learned here is never to give your phone over to anyone. I think we all have things on our phones that we wouldn’t want to get out to the public.

The question begs what exactly was on the sex tape?

Thankfully, for Valbuena, the world will never know. He hasn’t played for his country since the incident took place, while Benzema has been welcome back after six years.

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