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a victim of Benjamin Mendy says he was assaulted in the shower – Liberation

The fifth day of the tricolor international footballer’s trial was marked by the broadcast of a recorded testimony from a woman. The facts allegedly took place in October 2018.

She had come to find a member of Benjamin Mendy’s entourage in his house and was taking a shower when the footballer attacked her. The second day of the trial of the 2018 world champion was marked by the story of an alleged victim of the French international.

According to this 32-year-old woman, whose recorded testimony was broadcast this Wednesday before the court in Chester, in the north of England, the facts took place in October 2018. A year earlier, she had met Mendy in Barcelona , but it was someone close to her that she was interested in. She had agreed to meet him at the footballer’s home, near Manchester, on October 24.

“Should I scream? It will be useless, he is on his territory.

After going out with a group to a restaurant and two nightclubs in the city, she had spent the night with her friend at Benjamin Mendy’s house. The next day, again according to the victim’s testimony, the footballer, dressed only in boxers, entered the room while she was taking a shower and dragged her onto the bed, attempting to rape her. “He got very close, but I pushed him away as hard as I could”, she said again. Then she remembers thinking: “What is happening ? Should I scream? It will be useless, he is on his territory.

Aged 28, the French defender, suspended for a year by Manchester City, appears for eight rapes, an attempted rape and a sexual assault against seven women. The prosecution presented him as a “predator” having abused victims “vulnerable, terrified and isolated”. He denies the ten counts brought against him for facts which allegedly took place between October 2018 and August 2021 at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire. He faces life imprisonment.

Benjamin Mendy is on trial alongside another man, Louis Saha Matturie – unrelated to former footballer Louis Saha -, prosecuted for eight rapes and four sexual assaults on eight women between July 2012 and August 2021. He also pleaded no guilty. The high-profile trial taking place at Chester Crown Court, south-west Manchester, is expected to last more than three months.

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