Benjamin Mendy: Woman ‘woke up to find Man City defender on top of her’, court told | Soccer News

A young woman has tearfully told detectives how she woke up in bed with Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy raping her.

The woman, who was 19 at the time, said she drank champagne with Mendy, her friends and other young women at the China White nightclub in Manchester, before returning to the Cheshire mansion from the French international.

After spending time in the pool, she got sleepy and went up to a top-floor bedroom in the house belonging to Mendy, 28, in Mottram St Andrew near Prestbury.

She took off the bikini she had brought with her and put on her underwear and fell asleep, alone, in the double bed.

In her interview with the police, played for jurors, the woman, bursting into tears, said: “I woke up to find Ben on top of me, but I was on my side. It was horrible, I had my period.

“I remember five seconds and he put a towel under me. I remember saying, ‘No, I’m on my period’.”

The woman, who described herself as drunk ‘out of it’ or ‘6/10’, is asked if there was ‘a chance’ Mendy might have thought she wanted to have sex with him this that evening.

She replied, “No, because I don’t know him very well.”

The woman said that two or three months before the alleged rape, she had sex with Mendy, “like a one-night stand”, but was sober and it was consensual.

In cross-examination, Eleanor Laws QC, defending Mendy, suggested that her account of what happened, waking up to find Mendy raping her, was “exactly the same” allegation made by her friend, that the footballer is also accused of raping her on the same evening.

The witness replied, “I did not speak to him.”

Mendy denies the rape, in the early hours of July 24, 2021, as well as the rape of two other young women during the same 24-hour period at her home.

He also denies five other counts of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault, all linked to seven young women, between October 2018 and August last year.

His co-defendant, Louis Saha Matturie, 41, of Eccles, Salford, is denying eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault, relating to eight young women.

Prosecutors allege Mendy is a “predator” who turned the pursuit of women for sex into a game.

Matturie, 41, Mendy’s friend and fixer, had the task of finding young women for sex, it was said.

Both men deny any wrongdoing and claim that if any sexual relations took place with women or girls, they were consensual.

The trial at Chester Crown Court continues.

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