Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy has been acquitted of charges of raping four women and sexually assaulting another. The world champion learned the verdict at Chester Crown Court on Friday after five months of court proceedings, and returned to his seat upon hearing the news, according to The Guardian. Mendy is “unanimously acquitted of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault” but faces his second trial.
Manchester City defender Mendy and co-defendant Louis Saha-Matchery have been on trial since August 10 on multiple sex-related charges. Both men denied all crimes. Prosecutors have accused Mendy, 28, of being a sexual “predator” of young women who were raped or sexually assaulted after a party at his £4.7m home near Prestbury, Cheshire. claimed.
Matturie is said to be the footballer’s boyfriend and “fixer” who encouraged the women to join the party after spending the night in her VIP lounge at a Manchester nightclub. Thirteen women accused the accused of sexual crimes.
Mendy told jurors that he now regrets his partying lifestyle, but denied he ever forced women to have sex. , denied any wrongdoing.
Mendy has denied seven rapes, one attempted rape and one sexual assault against six young women. Matury, from Eccles, Salford, has denied her six rapes and her three sexual assaults involving seven young women.
Mendy could be seen rocking gently when the jury head announced her verdict on Wednesday (January 11), saying she was guilty of six counts of rape involving four young women or teenagers. He repeatedly pleaded not guilty to one sexual assault charge.
The jury in the case failed to reach Mendy’s verdict on one count of rape and one count of her other attempted rape of two women. A retrial decision on these unpaid claims is pending.
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