Connect with us

News

Update: Benzema’s Lawyers Demand Sex-Tape Blackmail Case Dismissed

Published

on

Karim Benzema’s lawyers have called for charges against him over an attempt to blackmail fellow player Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape to be dismissed.

On the last day of hearings, Benzema’s lawyers claimed the prosecution had failed to provide evidence to convict the star of complicity in an attempt to blackmail.

‘One can ask what really interests French people in this case? Sex? Money? Football? Not the judicial element in any case,’ lawyer Antoine Vey told the court, adding that the prosecution’s case had been built around Valbuena’s ‘feelings’.

Addressing the judge, he added: ‘It’s never too late to do some law. You are the final safeguard.’

Benzema’s other lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, criticised a ‘media-judicial circus’.

The prosecution demanded a 10-month suspended sentence on Thursday and a fine of 75,000 euros (£63,352) for the 33-year-old France international, who has not appeared during the three days of hearings which began on Wednesday October 20.

Benzema, who is expected to play this weekend against Barcelona in the Clasico, is one of five people on trial over the 2015 extortion attempt over a sexually explicit video that was stolen from Valbuena’s phone.

Testifying on the opening day of the trial Wednesday, Valbuena said the affair – which saw him and Benzema excluded from the national team – had left him feeling ‘frightened’ and fearful for his career.

Benzema claims he was only trying to help his fellow player when he approached him about the sex tape at the French team’s training centre in October 2015 and told him he could help him find someone to ‘manage’ the issue of the video.

Prosecutors claim Benzema was working with the other accused, including a childhood friend from his hometown Lyon.

In a wiretapped conversation, he told the friend who is accused of acting as a middlemen for the suspected blackmailers that ‘he’s not taking us seriously’.

The prosecution claims this shows Benzema was complicit, but his lawyer said Friday the exchange showed the footballer was ‘not an example of total contrition’ during the conversation.

‘We never said he was being kind… but it is not a criminal offence,’ Vey told the court.

In an interview with investigators in 2015, Benzema denied involvement, asking why he would get involved.

‘I have enough money. I don’t need it,’ he said.

A verdict in the trial will be announced on November 24.

News

Father Who Carried His Daughter To School During Drivers Strike To Receive A Brand New Car

Published

on

A picture of a father carrying his daughter to school that went viral on the local digital space has attracted a group of kind-hearted people to extend their benevolence to the lucky dad.

After the picture went rife on the internet yesterday, many pessimists and naysayers blasted other social media users who applauded the heroic father for doing his daddy duties.

Well, Joy FM’s Kenneth Darko has authored a tweet on the bird app seeking the personal details of the man as some anonymous philanthropists have offered to gift him a car.

He wrote;

“Y’all remember this man who has become the poster boy for yesterday’s drivers’ protest as he carried his little girl to school?
Well, today a group wants to buy him a CAR.
Kindly RT to help us locate him. ”

https://twitter.com/TheKennethDarko/status/1468152566584328196?s=20

Continue Reading

News

Sleeping With Man City’s Jack Grealish Is Britain’s Top Xmas Fantasy For Women, While Margot Robbie Is Number 1 For Men

Published

on

Manchester City player, Jack Grealish and Austrailian acrress Margot Robbie are the celebrities British men and women would love to sleep with over the festive season.

Of the 2,000 people polled, 40 per cent think this is the best time of the year to get between the sheets and a third say they have kinkier sex.

The Sun reported that 15 per cent are on Santa’s naughty list after confessing they have cheated on their other half at the office party.

Here’s the +18 survey below;

Sleeping with Man City

Sleeping with Man City

Sleeping with Man City

Sleeping with Man CitySleeping with Man City

Continue Reading

News

Goil Reduces Fuel Price After Akufo-Addo’s Directive

Published

on

The Ghana Oil Company (GOIL) has reduced fuel by 15 pesewas after a directive from President Akufo-Addo following a meeting with driver unions on Monday, December 6.

The reduction took effect Tuesday morning with a litre of fuel at Goil now selling at 6 cedis 70 pesewas. The reduction came after a crunch meeting with driver unions who declared a sit-down strike Monday over fuel prices.

It is, however, not known how long the reduction will be in effect.

Some commercial drivers in parts of Accra Monday morning began a sit-down strike in protest against numerous levies and taxes imposed on petroleum products by the government, resulting in an increase in fuel prices.

At Gbawe and Mallam in the Weija-Gbawe Municipality, there were many commuters stranded along the shoulders of the road while those who had already boarded commercial vehicles were forced to disembark.

Some GPRTU station officers blocked roads with car tyres and other metallic weapons to prevent the passage of loaded commercial vehicles.

The situation resulted in hot verbal exchanges and a near fisticuff between the station officers and the passengers.

The strike was later suspended after the President called for a meeting with leaders of driver unions to find an amicable solution to the strike.

Continue Reading

Latest Stories

The Daily

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow Us

Trending