LIVE – Mendy trial: “I’m not Brad Pitt”, Benjamin Mendy speaks for the first time

Mendy’s first words in court

Benjamin Mendy said his first words live to the jury during his trial. The French soccer player remarkably returned to his career, what he had learned in prison or even about his physique away from Brad Pitt.

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End of the day in court

Benjamin Mendy’s attorney ends this topic. The day is over at Chester Court. Everyone is sent home until Tuesday morning.

The judge explains to the Frenchman that he has no right to discuss the trial outside of court, even with his lawyer, before letting him go. This Tuesday, Benjamin Mendy will continue with his speech in front.

Mendy learned things about life, in prison

Benjamin Mendy carried on what he learned during his time in prison.

“In prison it was the first time I thought about what I could buy to eat every day,” said the defender. […] He taught me the value of money because before when I wanted something I bought it”.

“I was sad about going to jail but I also learned things there. Now I’d rather be alone than invite people I don’t know to my house.”

Mendy had time to think in prison

Benjamin Mendy had time to reflect when he spent in prison from August 2021 to January 2022.

“I thought about my whole life because I usually don’t have time for that. There I was alone, sitting and the only thing I could do was think, estimated the French. I thought about how it was with women, about fear. losing my football, remembering why I came to this country.

Resumption of Mendy’s speech

It will resume and the judge takes the opportunity to give a little advice that seems like a reprimand. Steven Everett explains to Benjamin Mendy that he must speak louder so that the jurors can hear him better and thus overcome the difficulties of understanding him because of his accent.

short break in court

Benjamin Mendy remains in command, but Judge Steven Everett announces a ten-minute break. The judge also clarified to the footballer that his lawyers have no legal right to speak with him during this break and that he also has no right to speak to anyone about the case.

The defendant will then resume the course of his testimony.

Mendy explains why her guests didn’t have their phones

“If you want to come to the after party, don’t use your phone,” Mendy said when asked by her attorney why the young women didn’t have their phones at home. She assured them that she had explained things clearly to them, particularly when she did not know the guests well.

The French clarified that it was also linked to the fact that certain footballers could be at his home during these evenings.

Benjamin Mendy on his relationships with women: “I’m not Brad Pitt”

“I started getting a lot of messages on Instagram,” the Frenchman said. He also explained that it was news to him. “The way I talked to the women was direct,” the 2018 world champion also advanced, who said he was clear with the young women with whom he exchanged.

Women flocked to him “10 times more”, which Benjamin Mendy explained in particular by the popularity of Manchester City. “I know I’m not Brad Pitt and I know women don’t come to me for my looks,” the footballer continued.

And to continue: when a woman “telled me no”, she “stopped”.

Benjamin details how his “panic room” works

Benjamin Mendy’s speech continues. At the moment, his lawyer continues to ask questions about his life in Manchester. The Frenchman explained that he regularly receives friends at his house and feels very happy in Manchester.

Benjamin Mendy also describes the presence of various bedrooms and beds in his house. While he specified that he did not always happen to sleep in his own bed. The Skyblues defender also confirms that a code was needed to access their “panic room” from outside the room. However, according to him, it was enough to turn the handle to leave the room from the inside.

This is an important point in the trial as some complainants explained that they felt trapped in this room.

Mendy speaks for the first time in court

Timothy Cray, the prosecutor, therefore closed the prosecution to open the defense this Monday, November 7. A dark suit, white shirt and black tie, Benjamin Mendy came forward shortly before 4 pm to take his place on the witness stand. He began by stating his identity standing up before sitting down and answering questions from his lawyer about his origins, his football training and his family.

Benjamin Mendy begins his speech at the helm. The footballer responds in English but is assisted by an interpreter if necessary. At the moment, the questions that are being asked of the Frenchman are limited to remaking his course of life and his family project to his life as a professional soccer player. We are not yet into the details of his defense on the various charges.

“I can’t imagine” that Benjamin Mendy is guilty

We are today in the last moments of the prosecution in the trial of Benjamin Mendy. Before the start in the next days of the defense, usually this Tuesday.

The witness recounts the evening at Mendy’s house after an evening at a nightclub. Returning at 4 am. The young woman claims that they got into the pool and that she was “kissing” Mendy. Her story continues, she claims that since that night she has returned to Mendy’s house three times and they had sex twice. The witness said that she “cannot imagine” that Benjamin Mendy is guilty of the accusations against her.

“Some girls only want to be with soccer players because of their profiles on social networks”

New day of hearing in the trial of Benjamin Mendy in Chester, England. This morning, reading some statements from an acquaintance of Benjamin Mendy who has known the player for two years. This young woman, who met the ex-City through a friend, assured the audience that she had “occasional” sexual relations with Mendy, but that her relationship “was never exclusive or official.”

This young woman was present at Benjamin Mendy’s mansion during a barbecue in July 2021. That is when alleged victim number six accuses Mendy of raping her. Benjamin Mendy denies all charges. “Some girls just want to hang out with footballers because of their social media profiles, I get along really well with Ben and his group,” he said.

Hello and welcome to this new week of Mendy’s trial.

A week in which the prosecution phase should end and therefore the word given to the defense. Today was the official date (in the announced program) for the start of the defense speech, but it should not take place today due to the various postponements that have occurred since the start of the court case.

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