Manchester City and France player Benjamin Mendy, 27, repeated “not guilty” as charges were put to him ahead of July trial at Chester Crown Court
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Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has entered a not guilty plea at Chester Crown Court to nine charges of sexual offences against six women.
The 27-year-old, of Prestbury in Cheshire, stood in the dock and repeated “not guilty” as the charges were put to him to enter pleas for the first time.
The French international denies six counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted rape, all relating to six complainants.
All the offences are alleged to have taken place at his home address and span between October 2018 and August last year. None of the complainants can be identified by law. Today’s hearing went into private session with press excluded after the not guilt pleas.
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Mendy will stand trial from July 25 along with his co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, who is accused of 10 offences, involving seven women, including seven counts of rape relating to five women and three of sexual assault.
Both defendants were given bail in January after being in custody since both were first arrested on August 26 last year.
As part of the conditions for his bail, Mendy has had to forfeit his passport and reside at his home in Cheshire. He has also been told not to contact any complainants.
He joined the club from Monaco in 2017 in a deal worth more than £50m. The 10-times France international has made more than 70 appearances for City and has won three Premier League medals.