PARIS: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has admitted to lying to fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex video at the centre of an alleged blackmailing attempt, Le Parisien reported on Friday.
The French daily quoted extracts from Benzema's hearing with a judge on Jan 28 in which the player reportedly said he did not watch Valbuena's sex tape after telling the Olympique Lyonnais forward that he did.
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"I should have told him I had not seen it," Benzema was quoted as telling the judge. "I was showing off, I was acting...It's like when you describe a movie you have not seen. I have never seen that video."
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Benzema, who has been under formal investigation since last November, has also been suspended indefinitely from the France team. Benzema approached Valbuena about the tape during a France training camp last October.
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Valbuena was quoted as telling a French judge last November: "He told me he had seen it, he swore on his daughter's life, telling me it was hot."
Benzema's lawyer was not immediately available for comment.
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