Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy pleads not guilty to sex offences: Premier League star, 27, denies seven charges of rape against six women
- Mendy, 27, has been accused of nine charges, including seven counts of rape, involving six alleged victims
- He will stand trial from July 25 along with co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie who faces similar allegations
- Mendy’s alleged offences include seven counts of rape relating to four women and one of sexual assault
- Matturie is accused of 10 offences involving seven women, including seven rapes relating to five women
Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy today pleaded not guilty to nine charges of sexual offences against six women.
The 27-year-old Premier League star, who lives in the Cheshire village of Prestbury, denies seven counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted rape.
Today, he stood in the dock at Chester Crown Court and repeated ‘not guilty’ as the charges were put to him to enter pleas for the first time.
Mendy’s alleged offences include seven counts of rape relating to four women, one of sexual assault and one of attempted rape.
He will stand trial from July 25 along with his co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, who faces similar allegations and was also present at the court today.
Footballer Benjamin Mendy (left) and his co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie (left, in right photo) at Chester Crown Court today
Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy (left) arrives at Chester Crown Court this morning for a hearing ahead of his trial in July
Offences allegedly committed by Mendy (pictured outside court today) include seven counts of rape relating to four women
Matturie, of Eccles, Salford, is accused of 10 offences involving seven women, including seven counts of rape relating to five women and three of sexual assault.
All the offences are alleged to have taken place at Mendy’s home address and span between October 2018 and August last year. Both men were arrested on August 26 last year. None of the women can be legally identified.
Mendy entered his pleas during a hearing today ahead of his trial, scheduled to begin in July. After this, the hearing went into private session with press excluded.
Mendy was released on bail in January after four months in prison over the alleged sex attacks. He was held at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool before being moved to HMP Manchester – known as Strangeways – last December.
Mendy (pictured arriving at Chester Crown Court today) is charged with a count of sexual assault and one of attempted rape
Benjamin Mendy plays for Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur in North London on August 15, 2021
Last Tuesday, Judge Steven Everett, the Honorary Recorder of Chester, presided over a separate pre-trial hearing dealing with administrative and evidential matters which cannot be reported ahead of the trial.
Mendy has played for Manchester City since 2017, when he joined from Monaco for a reported £52million. He was suspended by the club after being charged by police.
The club said in a statement at the time: ‘The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete.’
He has made two appearances for Manchester City this season – one in the Community Shield against Leicester City on August 7, and another in the Premier League against Tottenham Hotspur eight days later.