A French court has handed a woman an eight-month suspended sentence for attempting to blackmail Man United striker Anthony Martial after the two allegedly struck a relationship online.
The woman must also pay a good amount in Euros to the French international.
This must be what the woman does for a living, as prosecutor Francois Perain told AFP that as well as Martial, she had attempted to blackmail others, including one member of the French national basketball team who paid out what the woman asked for.
The 30-year-old was living on unemployment benefit near the eastern French city of Nancy, and after Martial tried to end the relationship.
“I have a lot of compromising photos. Either you pay or I’ll hand everything over to the press,” she was accused of writing to him.
On top of the blackmail charge, prosecutor Perain also argued the woman had defrauded the unemployment office.
The court ordered the confiscation of a large number of luxury items seized at the woman’s home, including handbags from major brands and a car, he said.
The action between her and Martial happened between 2018 and 2019.