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HomeBreaking NewsBenjamin Mendy cleared of sex attacks but will face retrial

Benjamin Mendy cleared of sex attacks but will face retrial

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Benjamin Mendy, the Manchester City footballer, has been acquitted of a string of sex attacks at his mansion, but will face a retrial on two outstanding charges.

A jury at Chester Crown Court was discharged on Friday following a five-month trial, having failed to reach verdicts on one charge of rape and one charge of attempted rape.

The £52 million star had originally been charged with eight counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault against seven complainants. 

One of the rape charges was dropped during the course of proceedings and a jury cleared him of all but two charges earlier this week, it can now be reported. 

Mr Mendy will face a retrial in the summer over an allegation of rape, relating to an incident at his home in October 2020, and an allegation of attempted rape, relating to an incident at the same address in October 2018. 

Prosecutors had alleged the 28-year-old was “a danger to women” who used his status and wealth to lure victims into “toxic and dangerous situations” at his £4.7 million property in rural Cheshire. 

But the prosecution case repeatedly hit the buffers over three months of evidence, as it emerged his accusers had misled police and had accounts riddled with inconsistencies.

The first major blow to prosecutors came in September last year, when jurors were told of a private video of one of Mr Mendy’s accusers having “enthusiastic sex” with his co-defendant, Louis Saha Matturie, at a time she would later claim she was actually being raped by Mr Matturie.

The 20-minute mobile phone video was taken by Mr Matturie on August 1 last year, the court heard, a week after both men had allegedly

Benjamin Mendy, the Manchester City footballer, has been acquitted of a string of sex attacks at his mansion, but will face a retrial on two outstanding charges. The £52 million star had originally been charged with eight counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault against seven complainants. Mr Mendy will face a retrial in the summer over an allegation of rape, relating to an incident at his home in October 2020, and an allegation of attempted rape, relating to an incident at the same address in October 2018.

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