Karim Benzema Files Defamation Lawsuit Against French Interior Minister Over Muslim Brotherhood Accusations
has taken legal action against , by filing a defamation lawsuit. The move comes in response to Darmanin’s October statement where he accused Benzema of having connections with the Muslim Brotherhood, a group banned in several countries due to its ties to Islamist activities.
The controversy arose after Benzema expressed solidarity with the in a tweet, decrying the “unjust bombardments” that affected civilians. Minister Darmanin criticized Benzema for not expressing similar sympathy for the Israeli victims of an attack by Hamas. Darmanin went on to allege that Benzema had “notorious links” with the Muslim Brotherhood during a television interview.
In his 92-page legal complaint, Benzema vehemently denies any affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, emphasizing that he has never had connections with the organization or anyone claiming to be a member of it. The complaint also underscores the potential damage to Benzema’s reputation and condemns the alleged “political exploitation” of his notoriety.
Benzema’s lawyer, Hugues Vigier, accused Minister Darmanin of “sowing division in France” and exploiting the footballer for political purposes. The lawsuit highlights the broader issue of public figures facing false accusations and the potential consequences on their personal and professional lives. As the legal proceedings unfold, the case may shed light on the complexities of navigating public statements, politics, and reputational damage in the context of high-profile individuals.