Man City Footballer Accused of Rape, Seen Dancing With His Trousers Down.
- “My dress was loose, I had underwear on but I literally felt his fingers touching my vagina” – Accuser.
The Chester Crown Court heard accusers speak in the case of alleged rape, sexual assault, and attempted rape against Benjamin Mendy on Wednesday, also shown footage of the player in a drunken state, seen dancing on a nightclub table, bare-chested and with his trousers down, four days before he was accused of rape.
Mendy is accused of eight counts of rape, one count of sexual assault, and one count of attempted rape, relating to seven young women, alleged to have taken place between 2018 and 2021.
A young woman accusing Mendy of rape testified in the hearing, with Mendy’s lawyer Eleanor Laws QC accusing the woman of “making it all up as she went along” to try to justify her 11 visits to Mendy’s house after the alleged rape.
The lawyer also stressed that the woman was copying the version of one of her friends, who also accuses Mendy of rape, saying that she went to sleep and woke up to find the footballer on top of her.
“I’m not here to lie, I don’t want to put myself through this,” the 19-year-old replied.
Why did the complainant visit Mendy’s house 11 times after the alleged rape?
The woman explained her subsequent visits to Mendy’s Cheshire property by arguing that she “tried to block out” the incident from her mind, maintaining that she was always with friends when she returned to the house.
The jury also heard of an alleged incident where Mendy allegedly grabbed a woman’s vagina without so much as uttering a word in his mansion and during a New Year’s Eve party.
“I was going to see what was in the kitchen and that’s when he grabbed my vagina,” the woman said, as per a report in the Daily Star. “My dress was loose, I had underwear on but I literally felt his fingers touching my vagina.
“I would say that it lasted a couple of seconds.
“Then he made a gesture like he was licking me… sticking his tongue out.”
After the sexual assault, Mendy passed a comment to the girl, saying that she should be happy.
“Why are you angry?” Mendy is said to have asked. “You look better when you smile.”
The woman continued in her explanation of the harrowing events that unfolded that night.
“I kept drinking and kept my distance from him the whole time we were in the pool. But then he came up to my face and said ‘you look better when you smile’.
“I told him that I wasn’t going to smile and he asked me why I was angry. I said ‘you know exactly why I’m angry’. He asked ‘why?’ And I told him ‘because of the way you touched me’.”
Mendy is then said to have apologized to the young woman, claiming that he didn’t intend to make her feel uncomfortable.
“I know that what happened to me is nothing compared to what happened to the other girls,” the woman said, as per The Athletic.
She then described the suspended footballer as “a predator who continues to act out and put other women at risk”.
What penalty could Benjamin Mendy face?
The sentence Benjamin Mendy could face could range from five to 20 years in jail, although he could face up to a possible life sentence.
In May 2022, Mendy pleaded not guilty to nine counts of sexual offenses against him.
Source | MARCA