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Benjamin Mendy pleads not guilty to additional rape charge

Benjamin Mendy appeared in court in Chester on Wednesday to enter a not-guilty plea for an eighth rape charge.

Manchester City and France footballer Benjamin Mendy (R) arrives to Chester Crown Court in northwest England on August 10, 2022 at the start of his trial for the alleged rape and assault of seven women. - Mendy, 28, who faces eight counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted rape, relating to seven young women, could see his playing career end in jail if convicted. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester City player Benjamin Mendy has pleaded not guilty to an additional rape charge. Mendy appeared at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday to enter the plea ahead of his trial.

The 28-year-old attended court back in May when he entered pleas for nine charges of sexual offences – he then denied seven counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted rape. Mendy also denies this further count of rape.

The offences, reported by seven different women, allegedly occurred between October 2018 and August last year, with all purported to have taken place at Mendy’s home. Mendy will go on trial with co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, who denies eight counts of rape and four of sexual assault between July 2012 and August 2021.

Suspension since last year

Both men are expected to stand trial later this week, with proceedings unlikely to conclude before November. Mendy was suspended by City on 26 August 2021, and has not played for them since.


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