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  • Updated: July 14, 2023

Benjamin Mendy: Former Manchester City Footballer Acquitted Of Rape Charges

Benjamin Mendy: Former Manchester City Footballer Acquitted

Former Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has been found not guilty of rape and attempted rape by a jury at Chester Crown Court.

The 28-year-old Frenchman was accused of raping a 24-year-old woman at his £4 million mansion in Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire in October 2020.

He was also accused of the attempted rape of a 29-year-old woman, who alleged that he had also molested her at his home two years earlier.

But he denied both charges, claiming that the encounters had been consensual.

This resulted in a three-week trial at Chester Crown Court before he was cleared by a jury of six men and six women. 

The jury foreman read out the not guilty verdicts and Mendy immediately broke down in tears.

Judge Steven Everett then said: "Mr Mendy can be discharged from the dock."

Pleased with the verdicts reached after about three hours and 15 minutes, Mendy's solicitor said in a statement: "Benjamin Mendy would like to thank the members of the jury for focusing on the evidence of this trial, rather than the rumour and innuendo that have followed this case from the outset.

"This is the second time Mr Mendy has been tried and found not guilty by the jury. 

"He is delighted that both jurors reached the correct verdict."

Mendy joined City from Monaco in a deal worth £52 million and was the Premier League's most expensive defender in 2017.

He won three titles with City and was part of France's World Cup-winning squad in 2018.

But unfortunately, he was released by the City when his contract expired at the end of June.

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