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. Caveman

    Ribery looks like a straight up goblin, but even so, you would think a famous professional footballer wouldn't have to pay for it

    August 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      Some men get a thrill out of paying for it.

      August 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    This story was first published in 2009. Among her other talents, she now designs clothing. You ask "Where was her mother?". Just where do you think? Her designs have been covered by "Vanity Fair" and featured by all European fashion Mags. The story should have covered that part of her life. Not her dubious beginnings!

    August 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    Oh too bad guys. You have to be a bit more famous to be able to diddle little girls in France.

    Or you have to only diddle US girls maybe... not sure. Maybe Roman Polanski could chime in?

    August 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Moral of the story is, if you are an underage female, make sure you get caught screwing famous people.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Such big news

    August 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. zahia'sbarebacklover

    Yeah, I would be all up in Zahia on a daily basis with no condom. She is hot!

    August 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. alligator face

    hes innocent.....the prosecutor is the one who should be in jail......just sayin.

    August 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tom

    who cares?

    August 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rich

    Dam minor, out to get guys into trouble with being underage. They should go to prison tooooooooo

    August 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chilly g

    i support the soccer players,it all about enjoying the human body and it a good feeling.

    August 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. reese

    If you looked like Ribery, you'd have to pay for it too

    August 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kix

      LOL! yeah buddy!

      August 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    He looks like Dee Snyder from Twisted Sisters, sans long blonde hair.

    August 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CM

    The guy in the picture looks like a vampire!

    August 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jcvet33

    It"s cheaper and less criminal than marrying one.

    August 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    The dangers of forcing things underground is that they are unregulated.

    August 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
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