Court drops one count of rape against Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy

Mendy's co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie was also cleared of two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault against the same woman.

Tanishq SharmaAuthor

Updated - 14 September 2022 12:44 PM

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Manchester City defender Banjamin Mendy on Tuesday has been cleared on a charge of one count of rape of a 19-year-old woman. The rape charges dropped against Mendy was related to an alleged incident took place at his home on July 24.

Mendy's co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie was also cleared of two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault against the same woman. However, the prosecutors have alleged Mendy is a “predator” who “turned the pursuit of women for sex into a game.”

Judge Stephen Everett of the Chester Crown Court in northwest England directed the jurors to game the verdict in Mendy's favour after the prosecution offered no further evidence against the defendants. Apart from this, Mendy is allegedly charged for seven counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault against six young women.

On the other hand, his friend Matturie reportedly arranged young women to have sex with Mendy. However, both the accused claimed that the sex was consensual if it happened. Matturie has denied six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault relating to seven young women.

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