Karim Benzema has broken his silence after it was announced he will appear in court in October for his alleged role in the 2015 sex-tape blackmail plot of team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.
The Real Madrid striker is suspected of having pressured his former France team-mate to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate video in which Valbuena featured.
On Tuesday March 30, it was reported Benzema will go on trial from Wednesday, October 20 to Friday, October 22. Four other people will also stand trial in the case.
Benzema responded on his Instagram story, writing alongside a screenshot of the news: ‘Yes, finally. Let the masquerade end forever’
Also reacting to news of the trial, Benzema’s lawyer Sylvian Cormier described the decision as ‘absurd’.
‘We are unfortunately not surprised by this decision, which is as absurd as it was expected,’ Cormier said.
‘I am dismayed to note that one is forced to distort the elements gathered in the investigation to justify sending my client before the tribunal.
‘We will explain ourselves before the judges of the tribunal to demonstrate this abuse.’
The striker’s alleged involvement has cost him his place in the France national team since 2015 despite his consistent high-level performances for his club, Real Madrid.
Benzema, who is of Algerian descent, appeared 81 times for France and scored 27 goals before he was kicked out of the national team.