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.

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  1. Homer Jay


    August 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justin

    this isn't new. this story came out like 2-3 years ago, if not before then.

    ps: if you haven't seen Zahia Dehar, GOOGLE HER! I'd have a hard time telling her no, too! I imagine most hetero men would.

    August 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • tinydancer

      crawl under a rock and try a snake!

      August 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shu

      Exactly my point.. American journalism is so lazy and bought

      August 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy Ritraj

      I would definitely hit that, probably a couple of times an hour for 20-30 years. Don't blame them.

      August 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • abbot


      August 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe


      August 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • New Gawker

      WOW she's under 18?? What are they feeding these kids. Secondly where the hell is her parents letting an underaged girl run around looking like that and clubbing?

      August 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Augie

      You are damn right, she is worth going to jail for!

      August 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Slim.

    Prosecutors wasting tax payers money.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cadillac

    Plead insanity... Judge I plead insanity... I am just crazy about those young girls!

    August 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tinydancer

    Buy yourself a toy!

    August 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shu

    Old News man.. Very poor journalism... Few years ago... Typical CNN...

    August 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. j williamson

    That "minor" was 17 going on 35 – give it a break.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joe

    Funniest thing I've ever read!!!!!

    August 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    You sound far from typical...sux to be you.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sharon

    I'm 62 and less worldly-wise than this "little girl". Give me a break. Where's her Mom? You can't have it both ways,

    August 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Duane

    Somehow this will be the US's fault

    August 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ahmadullah

    Please try Islam for better human beings. Go Islam! convert now!

    August 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shuffler

      haha Dream on 40 virgin guy

      August 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ahmadullah

    Only Islam has cure and is the greatest religion – If one man can have multiple wifes that solves the problem.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. truefax

    Girl is an North African Mooslam, makes sense now.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ArtInChicago

    TMobile...get more.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
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