Benjamin Mendy, Manchester City’s defender and a companion turned the “pursuit of women for sex into a game” according to testimony in his ongoing rape trial.
On the first day of the trial, the court was informed that Mendy’s buddy Louis Saha Matturie’s responsibility was “to identify young women and to create the settings where those young women may be raped and sexually attacked.”
Mendy, a French player who plays for Manchester City, is accused with eight counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, and one count of sexual assault. He was suspended by Manchester City when he was charged a year ago.
40-year-old Matturie is charged with four charges of sexual assault and eight counts of rape.
The two alleged sex offenders have denied all the accusations.
According to testimony given in court, the pair’s pursuit of “13 women made them into predators” who wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.
Timothy Cray QC told Chester Crown Court that the prosecution’s case was straightforward.
“It has little to do with football”, he said. “Instead, we say, it is another chapter in a very old story: Men who rape and sexually assault women, because they think they are powerful, and because they think they can get away with it.”
Benjamin Mendy began playing for Manchester City in 2017, after moving there for £52 million from Monaco.
In 2018, he won the World Cup with France, and from 2018 to 2021, he won the Premier League three times with Man City.
It is claimed that the offenses took place between October 2018 and August 2021.
Mendy was referred to by Mr. Cray as a “fairly famous football player,” and because of his “money and prestige, others were willing to enable him to acquire what he needed,” Mr. Cray claimed.
Mr. Cray claimed that taking ladies to Mendy’s residence allowed them to “get control over their victims.”
“It was isolated, or so many of the witnesses thought, and once they were there, with the gates locked behind them – they felt vulnerable,” he said.
He continued that the defendants “weren’t in some joyful state of sexual innocence” and were conscious of their actions.
The trial is still going on; it will last for 15 weeks.
Monday marked the start of the 28-year-old’s trial at Chester Crown Court on eight counts of rape, one act of attempted rape, and one count of sexual assault.
The football player was reportedly “prepared to repeatedly violate that threshold” of consent, and if “women got wounded or distressed, too bad,” the jury heard.
Opening the case against the defendant, prosecutor Timothy Cray QC told a jury panel of eight men and six women, two of whom will be discharged after the opening: “The prosecution case is simple – it has little to do with football.
Instead, we claim that it is just another chapter in a very ancient tale about males who rape and assault women because they feel strong and like they can get away with it.
“That was the effect of deliberate, planned choices the defendants made, and the desires they let loose many times.”
Louis Saha Matturie, Mendy’s co-accused, 40, is accused with eight acts of rape and four counts of sexual assault involving eight young women.
Saha, of Eccles, Salford, was described by Mr. Cray as Mendy’s friend and fixer. One of Saha’s duties, according to Mr. Cray, was “to recruit young women and to create the settings where those young women could be raped and sexually attacked.”
Mendy was a “fairly famous football star,” according to the prosecution, and “others were willing to enable him to acquire what he needed because of his wealth and status.”
“Our case is that the defendants’ pursuit of these 13 women turned them into predators, who were prepared to commit serious sexual offences,” Mr Cray said.
“The acts that the defendants did together show callous indifference to the women they went after.
“In their minds, and this could not be clearer, the stream of women they brought to their homes existed purely to be pursued for sex.”
Mr Cray said “the fact they would not take ‘no’ for an answer” would be something the jurors will “hear time and time again”.
The prosecutor informed the jury that 13 different women will testify.
As Mr. Cray began his opening remarks, there were around 30 reporters seated on the press benches.
The Spinney, Mendy’s residence in rural Cheshire’s Mottram St. Andrew, which has been described as an isolated mansion, is at the center of the case, the jury was informed.
Mr. Cray claimed that between October 2018 and August 2021, there were five occasions on which nine young women showed up at the footballer’s residence and subsequently accused Mendy and Saha of rape and/or sexual assault.
In addition, Saha is the subject of four different complaints concerning claims made in Manchester and Sheffield, far from Mendy’s home.
French professional footballer Benjamin Mendy (born 17 July 1994) is a left-back for Manchester City in the Premier League. From 2017 until 2019, he wore the France national team’s jersey.
Manchester City suspended Mendy in August 2021 after he was accused of sexual offenses. He entered a not guilty plea in May 2022 to seven rape, one sexual assault, and one attempted rape accusations involving six complainants.