French soccer players Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery will reportedly face trial over their connection to an underage prostitute that both had the pleasure of, um, knowing.
Back in 2009, the girl involved in this case, Zahia Dehar, told Paris police that she was paid for sex by Benzema in 2008, and then by Ribery in 2009. She was still 16 in both cases, but failed to disclose that minor detail to both players.
This whole matter has been public knowledge for years.
For whatever reason, though, despite the fact that all involved acknowledged that this was a tremendously embarrassing situation, it never seemed to be taken especially seriously by authorities.
According to CNN, “… the defendants will be prosecuted for 'aggravated pimping', although I cannot disclose which ones at this time." Yahoo confirmed that Benzema and Ribery were among eight people embroiled in this scandal.
Both reports noted that a trial was months away, and would almost certainly “carry over into 2013.”
Benzema, 24, plays for Real Madrid, and Ribery, 29, plays for Bayern Munich. Both also play for the French national team.