Benjamin Mendy denies being ‘a danger to women’ during rape trial | UK News
Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has denied being a ‘danger to women’ who thinks the normal rules don’t apply to him, a court has heard.
The Premier League player said his life had gone ‘crazy’ and he was ‘taking risks’ partying during the Covid-19 lockdown, but he said he had never raped or assaulted sexually women.
The France international, 28, is accused of being a ‘predator’ who turned the pursuit of women for sex into a game, regularly clubbing in Manchester before hosting ‘after-parties’ where young women were sexually assaulted.
He denies rape, attempted rape and sexual assault involving six women and told the jury that any sexual contact was always consensual. A rape complainant claimed Mendy told her having sex with him was a “privilege” and that he had sex with 10,000 women.
During a second day of cross-examination at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday, prosecuting Timothy Cray KC told Mendy: ‘You didn’t really see them as people, just things to use for sex . That’s how you saw them, and how terribly wrong you are about whether they’re consenting or not.
Mendy replied, “No.”
The jury heard that, during the pandemic, Mendy’s rented Manchester flat and his home, The Spinney, in Mottram St Andrew near Alderley Edge in Cheshire, were used for anti-lockdown parties to s’ attack young women.
Cray continued, “Did you think the rules didn’t apply to you? Did you go to parties because you had this sex craving? »
Mendy said, “No. At the time I was just partying. I didn’t think so well.
Cray said, “You were a danger to women, weren’t you?” Because you saw no consequences for breaking really important rules? »
Mendy said, “No, never. Having a social life, I did a lot of things.
Jurors saw a CCTV clip of Mendy at a nightclub, dancing with women and holding his crotch.
Cray said, “It’s what you were thinking at the time – what’s in your pants – and you slept with them no matter what they thought.”
Asked about a complainant, who alleges Mendy tried to pull off his towel and force it on him, he replied: “Not once did I use force… not at all.”
Eleanor Laws KC, defending Mendy, asked him about his attitude towards women and his lifestyle at the time of the alleged offences. Mendy said: “I was trying to be direct, avoid conversation, go on dates…I was crazy. I was taking risks. The party, the Covid rules… it felt like the train was going fast and I kept going, going, until I went to jail – the first time I was truly alone and the first time thinking about everything .
Mendy denies seven counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault against six young women.
His co-defendant, Louis Saha Matturie, 41, of Eccles, Salford, is denying six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault involving seven young women.
The trial continues.