The last couple of weeks have been very difficult for Karim Benzema, who even spent one night in French jail for the blackmail scandal affecting Mathieu Valbuena. Benzema spoke in an interview with French TV TF1 and denied wrongdoing in the scandal.
"I am being accused in every way, as if I was a criminal. It is horrible.
"What happened? It is simple. I have heard there is a video about him and I have told him. I told him I could help him because I have a friend in Lyon who can manage these problems.
"I told him that if he had told his family already, he could let this go. I told him I have experienced these sort of things in the past.
"We never spoke about money. I earn a good living and when I help someone, I don't expect anything back.
"Valbuena thanked me the day I told him. What I do regret though, is this conversation with [my friend Karim] Zenati. I regret it because we laughed. I think it was understandable. It was spontaneous. I would have liked to be able to get in contact with Valbuena to apologise.
"I don't know the people that blackmailed him. The only one I know is Karim Zenati. He had his past and went to prison, but he started a new life since.
"I don't even understand why I have been in custody and why they dirtied my name when I was the one who wanted to be heard. I don't understand."
Even though Karim Benzema's quotes seem credible, this is definitely far from over.