Soccer stars Ribery, Benzema accused of soliciting underage prostitute
Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, along with another soccer player, will face a trial after being accused of soliciting a prostitute.
August 14th, 2012
12:21 PM ET

Soccer stars Ribery, Benzema accused of soliciting underage prostitute

Soccer players Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema will face a trial for allegedly soliciting an underage prostitute, according to the Paris prosecutor's office.

Andre Dando, the investigating magistrate, told CNN that  "some of the defendants will be prosecuted for 'aggravated pimping', although I cannot disclose which ones at this time."

Dando said that the trial is months away and would likely carry over into 2013.

Ribery plays for Bayern Munich and Benzema plays for Real Madrid. Both are members of the French national team.

The case emerged earlier this year after police raided a night club near the Champs Elysees in Paris and detained 18 girls on suspicion of prostitution.

One of the girls, Zahia Dehar, appeared on the cover of Paris Match in April and told the magazine she had sexual relations with several players on the national team, including Ribery, whom she had met at the club. She said in the interview she hadn't told them she was younger than 18 at the time.

In an initial court hearing on the case, Ribery admitted he had sex with Dehar but insisted he did not know she was a minor. Benzema has made no public comment.

soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. GimmeABreak

    Google pictures of the "17 year old" Zahia Dehar... she's a Pamela Anderson looking 40 year old. Arrest her and throw out the charges against the men.

    August 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • brendan

      Just checked out those pics. 40 year old Pamela Anderson is a pretty good comparison

      August 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JackQuick

    That weirdo looks like one of the 'Spy vs. Spy' characters!

    August 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • nigel

      But that weirdo makes in excess of US$10M per year.

      August 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • noillusion

      All he needs is the hat, and to hunch down a bit!

      August 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jez


      August 15, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tammy

    umm 17? I have a daughter that is 17 and she looks her age not like a bimbo. I bet if you took off all that makeup she would look normal. To many girls trying to look older than their age. I feel sorry for men now, even if they asked for an ID that would be fake too.

    August 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wazzup

    After all, they are French.

    August 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brad Vanderbilt

    Where's the picture of the other guy?

    August 15, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. cp

    With a face like that, it's no wonder he has to pay for it.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sarah

    So sad...What a waste of time and taxpayers money. Bored Prosecutors.......

    August 15, 2012 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. nellie g. cabo

    I don't believe that they don't know the girls were minor,They know everything before hand and that was their Choice,They PREFARE MINOR.This should not be taken for granted.

    August 15, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • BG

      They are punk europeans who need to be prosecuted. Remember, europeans are the first ones to point at the US and say "Bad Guys"

      Screw them they are punks and need to go to jail

      August 15, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • AP

      @ BG,
      Yeah, well you kinda' are bad guys, you just don't know it. Remember you have been living of Europe's back from after WW2 -> Early 2000's. When Europe did not pay you anymore, you started wars on Irak etc. etc. Blame your government for your bad image

      August 30, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. citizenmn

    Google Zahia Dehar; she is completely hot.

    August 15, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. dazzle ©

    Is it just because they throw a ball that this is newsworthy. I guess all involved didn't think that STD's and HIV are still around.

    August 15, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Spot of Joy

    Dude looks like a rat. No wonder he has to pay for it. Next up: he'll be famous for catching the clap from The Bad Girl's Club.

    August 15, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
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    August 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    So, Paris is halfway around the world from us... yet their laws are the same? How does this happen? Very weird.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
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