PARIS (AP) France striker Karim Benzema has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail and participating in a criminal group as part of an investigation over a sex tape involving teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
The prosecutor’s office says Benzema was charged after being brought before a judge on Thursday at the Versailles court. He faces a maximum prison sentence of five years.
Benzema was also placed under judicial supervision, meaning he cannot meet with the victim or other people charged in the case.
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Investigators are trying to find out if the Real Madrid forward played a role in the extortion attempt targeting Valbuena, and if he actually tried to blackmail the Lyon midfielder.
Both Benzema and Valbuena play for France’s national team.