REAL MADRID | BENZEMA
Benzema questioned by police in relation to blackmail case
The Real Madrid striker entered the police offices in Versailles at 9am. His name is mentioned in phone taps relating to the Valbuena sex tape blackmail case.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was questioned by police this morning in Versailles, near Paris, in relation to suspected blackmail involving a sex tape of French footballer Mathieu Valbuena. Benzema entered police custody at 9am this morning.
Benzema is the biggest name related to the case so far. His lawyer said on Sunday in the newspaper "Le Journal Du Dimanche (JDD)" that his client would be happy to help police with their enquires if so required.
The investigation began with a complaint filed by Valbuena in June that he had received an anonymous call, while he was with the French national team, demanding he pay 150,000 euros in order to stop a sex tape in which he appeared being distributed on the internet.
Benzema’s name can supposedly be heard in a number of telephone conversations taped by the investigation into the suspected blackmail. Former French international Djibril Cissé was also questioned by investigators, on 13 October. He was released without charge.
According to a source close to the investigation, someone close to Benzema was contacted by one of the blackmailers in possession of the video of Valbuena. The Real Madrid striker was involved in a discussion with Valbuena while with the French squad in October. The police are trying to understand at the moment what Benzema’s role in that conversation was: whether he was trying to help him get out of the situation, or whether he was encouraging him to pay the blackmailers, as suggested by French newspaper Le Parisien. At the moment three people are suspected by the authorities of being directly involved in the affair and have been provisionally detained. The three are said to be known to the police and have links to various footballers.