JUSTICE – Accused of rape, Benjamin Mendy speaks for the first time at his trial

Facing seven charges of rape, football player Benjamin Mendy spoke out for the first time during his UK trial on Monday, denying non-consensual intercourse and saying women “came to him”
The 28-year-old French defender, banned for more than a year by Manchester City, has been on trial since early August in Chester, northern England, where he is accused of seven rapes, attempted rape and sexual assault. The events allegedly took place between October 2018 and August 2021 at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire. He faces life in prison.

The first months of this long trial were devoted to the prosecution, which presented Benjamin Mendy as a “predator“having abused the victims”vulnerable, terrified and isolated. Since Monday, now it’s up to the defense to speak. Benjamin Mendy, in a navy blue suit and white shirt, spoke for the first time to defend himself, answering questions from his lawyer.

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He said that because of his condition as a soccer player, women “came to (him).” If the says “I like to sleep with many women“, denied non-consensual sex, believing that “If they (women) wanted to have sex and I wanted to have sex too, that was fine.” But if a woman had said “Nope”, Benjamin Mendy claimed that he “He would have accepted it and stopped.”

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Winner of the 2018 World Cup with the French national team, where he was a substitute, Benjamin Mendy spent more than four months, from August 2021 to January 2022, in preventive detention. Released in early January, he was placed under judicial supervision pending trial.

Trained in Le Havre, revealed in Marseille and spent a season at Monaco, Benjamin Mendy became the most expensive defender in history in 2017 when the Citizens paid 52 million pounds (about 61.4 million euros at current prices). to get their services.

He is tried along with another man, Louis Saha Matturie -no relation to former soccer player Louis Saha-, prosecuted for his part for six rapes and three sexual assaults. They both pleaded not guilty.

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