Real Madrid star Benzema goes on trial in sextape case

France's Benzema, Mbappe and Hernandez celebrate

France's forward Karim Benzema (left) celebrates with teammates Kylian Mbappe (centre) and Theo Hernandez after scoring a goal during the Nations League final match against Spain at San Siro stadium in Milan, on October 10, 2021.

Photo credit: Franck Fife | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Benzema, 33, stands accused of helping a group of alleged blackmailers to approach Valbuena in an attempt to extort money. Four other men are also on trial
  • The case cost both Benzema and 37-year-old Valbuena their place in the French national team, although Benzema was restored to the lineup for this year's European championship
  • Eventually the presumed blackmailers went to one of Benzema's old friends, Karim Zenati, who prosecutors say enlisted Benzema's help to reach Valbuena

Versailles, France 

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