Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema has spoken after it was announced he will appear in court in October for his alleged role in the 2015 sex-tape blackmail plot of team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.
Benzema is suspected of having mounted pressures on his ex France team-mate, Valbuena, to pay blackmailers who threatened to leak an intimate video in which Valbuena featured.
Reports on Tuesday March 30, has it that Benzema will go on trial from Wednesday, October 20 to Friday, October 22. Four other people will also stand trial in the case.
Benzema in his response on Instagram story, wrote alongside a screenshot of the news: ‘Yes, finally. Let the masquerade end forever’
Benzema’s lawyer, Sylvian Cormier who also reacted to news of the trial, described the decision as ‘absurd’.
‘We are unfortunately not surprised by this decision, which is as absurd as it was expected,’ Cormier said.
‘I am dismayed to note that one is forced to distort the elements gathered in the investigation to justify sending my client before the tribunal.
‘We will explain ourselves before the judges of the tribunal to demonstrate this abuse.’
Benzema’s alleged involvement has cost him his place in the France national squad since 2015 despite his consistent high-level performances for his club, Real Madrid.