Details have begun to emerge from the trial of Manchester City’s defender, Benjamin Mendy.
Mendy and his co-defendant, Louis Saha Matturie are currently on trial at Chester Crown Court in England.
They are facing an eight counts of rape and one sexual assault, said to have happened between 2018 and 2021.
Opening the case, Timothy Cray QC said that it had “very little to do with football” and more about men who “think they are powerful”, Marca reports.
Mendy is said to have committed the offences against seven young women at his isolated mansion between October 2018 and August 2021.
Some women told the court that the football star had their mobile phones taken away, while others said they were attacked in locked rooms.
Two of the women told police they were “passed between” both men at Mendy’s multimillion-pound mansion, where he held pool parties. One was so drunk she only found out both men had had sex with her when semen from each was found in her knickers, the court heard.
Five said they were raped or sexually assaulted solely by Mendy and six solely by Saha. The men deny all 22 charges brought against them.
Some of the women told police they had their phones taken off them on arrival. Ostensibly this was to protect Mendy and others from unwanted social media intrusion – “I imagine that Mendy did not want Pep Guardiola to see him out late on Instagram with a load of girls,” said Cray – but it also left them unable to call for help.
One of the women, described by Cray as “the opposite of a football groupie”, said Mendy tried to rape her after she went to his house to meet another footballer.
Two of the women said Mendy raped them in rooms they believed to be locked. The jury was shown video footage of a police officer demonstrating the locks on the doors, as Cray explained they were legitimately used by wealthy individuals.
“The logic is that if you are likely to be a target for burglars, the locks in effect create a panic room that you can’t get in from the outside, but you can open them from the inside if you know what to do. The point is that you have to know how to open them from the inside, and you’ll perhaps see how the witnesses might have gotten the impression … that they are locked in,” said Cray.
According to Marca, the latest development is that the court heard that Mendy raped three women in the same night.
The women were allegedly raped following a pool party at the player’s mansion and a trip to Manchester’s China White nightclub.