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Benzema under formal investigation over Valbuena sex-tape "blackmail" plot

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By Euronews  with Reuters, AFP
Benzema under formal investigation over Valbuena sex-tape "blackmail" plot

<p>France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been placed under formal investigation over an alleged attempt to blackmail his fellow French international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.</p> <p>The pair have been forbidden from contacting each other.</p> <p>French news agency <span class="caps">AFP</span> claim Benzema has admitted being involved in the case. He is said to have advised Valbuena to pay the extortionists after intervening at the request of a childhood friend who was approached by three crooks who possessed the footage. </p> <p>Benzema’s lawyers say he acted to help his friend and team-mate without thinking he was doing any wrong.</p> <p>Involvement in a blackmail plot can led to a five-year jail sentence in France. </p> <p>Several people have been arrested over the scandal including former French international Djibril Cisse who was cleared after being taken into custody last month.</p>