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Real Madrid star Karim Benzema guilty of sex tape blackmail plot, Mathieu Valbuena

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French football superstar Karim Benzema has been found guilty of a wild extortion plot involving a sex tape of an international teammate.

Karim Benzema was found guilty today over a sex tape blackmail plot targeting his former France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

But the Real Madrid player, 33, dodged jail as he was handed a one-year suspended sentence by a court in Versailles, near Paris.

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He was also fined £63,000 ($A116,600) after being convicted of complicity in the blackmail plot.

Prosecutors said Benzema was working with a gang to convince former France midfielder Valbuena, now 37, to hand over cash.

Four co-accused – all old friends of Benzema’s – were found guilty of attempted blackmail. They are said to have tried to humiliate Valbuena by threatening to publish an X-rated video of him with a partner.

The court heard they used Benzema as an intermediary.

The football star’s lawyer Sylvain Cormier said he was “quite stunned by the ruling” outside court .

Benzema’s defence team said he will appeal the verdict – which is not likely to affect his immediate footballing future.

French federation president Noel Le Great has already said Benzema would be allowed to keep playing for Les Bleus even if found guilty.

And he is on the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or world player of the year gong which will be announced on November 29.

The forward, who had denied any wrongdoing, was not in court.

He played for Spanish giants Real Madrid in their Champions League tie against Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol this week, scoring a goal in the 3-0 win.

He also swerved his trial last month, choosing instead to train with his club ahead of their El Clasico clash with Barcelona.

The case rocked French football after initial charges were brought in 2015.

Benzema was exiled from the national team for five years, meaning he missed the 2016 European Championship, and also the 2018 World Cup which France won.

He only returned to the fold this year in time for the delayed Euros tournament – where France crashed out on penalties in the Round of 16.

Benzema, often rated one of the world’s best players, had called the allegations “absurd”.

Ex-Marseilles midfielder Valbuena – who won 52 caps for France – was also dropped in the wake of the bombshell case.

He first lodged a complaint with cops in June 2015 after being phoned by an unknown person about the sex tape.

Police then posed as friends of Valbuena, luring three blackmailers into a trap before arresting them.

This story first appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.

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VIDEO: Tiger King cast coming to Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The cast of the Netflix hit docuseries “Tiger King” will be featured at a live show at the Spokane First Interstate Center of the Arts in February.

“Uncaged: The Untold Stories from the Cast of Tiger King” show will include featured stars from the Netflix documentary “Tiger King,” including John Reinke, Saff, Joshua Dial and Barbara Fisher.

The cast will engage in a live 70-minute moderated discussion that will include never-before-seen videos, photos and stories. Comedian and podcast veteran Todd McComas will moderate the conversation. Audiences will also interact with the cast by participating in a 30-minutes question and answer session.

Audiences will hear stories about Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, Doc Antle and from the people who lived it, the press release says.

The tour for Spokane, which was first scheduled for November, will now take place on Thursday, Feb. 17 2022, at 7 p.m. at the First Interstate Center of the Arts.

People who bought tickets for the November date show will be able to use those tickets for the February show, and those who are unable to attend the new show date have until Nov. 30 to request a full or partial refund. You can use this link to complete the whole refund request process.

Tickets for the show are on sale at the TicketsWest website. The price for adult and children’s tickets is the same, but depending on the seat location, it ranges from $25 to $49.

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Covid-19: BBMP may not up enforcement teams in Bengaluru | Bengaluru News

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BENGALURU: BBMP is unlikely to increase the number of teams enforcing Covid-appropriate behaviour, including mask mandate and physical distancing, in the city.
“Cases in the city are between 160 and 170 on average every day; we have not seen a significant increase,” BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta said on Wednesday. The Palike currently has 54 teams of marshals and homeguards to enforce the mask and physical distancing mandate.
New dean at ESIC hospital, Rajajinagar
The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has appointed Dr Renuka Ramaiah as the in-charge dean of ESIC Hospital and Medical College, Rajajinagar. The change follows news of two bodies of Covid-19 victims being found at the hospital’s mortuary 16 months after their death.
Dr Jeetendra Kumar JM was the previous dean of the hospital.

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