Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has been found guilty of conspiring to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape.
Benzema was one of five people put on trial last month over the attempt to extort Valbuena. The Frenchman has been handed a one-year suspended jail term as well as being ordered to pay a £63,000 fine.
The case dates back to June 2015, when the two footballers were at a French training camp.
At the camp, Benzema put pressure on Valbuena to pay off the blackmailers, whom he had conspired with to act as an intermediary, prosecutors said.
Breaking | Karim Benzema is guilty of complicity in the attempted blackmail of Mathieu Valbuena, according to the president of the Versailles court. Sentence to follow.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) November 24, 2021
It involved a sexually explicit video, which prosecutors said another defendant, Axel Angot, discovered on Valbuena’s mobile phone after he had been asked to transfer its contents to a new device.
The 33-year-old has always denied the allegations and insisted he was only trying to help Valbuena get rid of the compromising video.