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Benzema claims innocence over sex tape blackmail plot

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By Euronews
Benzema claims innocence over sex tape blackmail plot

Real Madrid and France international striker Karim Benzema has denied he was part of a blackmail plot concerning a sex-tape showing his France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

The 27-year old is under formal investigation and faces up to five years in jail if found guilty.

In a TV interview with TF1, Benzema said: ‘‘I’m not guilty. And I’m not playing for the cameras. I’m not playing a game. I’m here to be sincere as I usually am. I hope everything will turn out well in the end. That we will all be fine: Mathieu, me, my friend. That we will all return to the French team to win the Euros.”

The Madrid player added it had all been a ‘‘huge misunderstanding’‘ and that ‘‘there’s nothing to any of it, no blackmail or demands for money:’‘

Valbuena, meanwhile, has claimed that Benzema ‘indirectly’ told him he would have to pay a ransom to prevent the footage being released publicly.