October 11, 2022
Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy was spotted enjoying coffee with friends as he awaits trial on seven counts of rape

BENJAMIN Mendy was spotted buying coffee with friends ahead of his rape trial.

The Manchester City star, 27, is charged with seven counts of rape and one of sexual assault against five women aged over 16.

Benjamin Mendy is pictured having a coffee in Cheshire

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Benjamin Mendy is pictured having a coffee in CheshireCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke

He appeared at Chester Crown Court last month to face a new attempted rape allegation involving a sixth alleged victim.

Mendy was pictured today with two friends having a Costa coffee near his home in Cheshire.

The centre-back looked casual in a baseball cap and white Supreme hoodie.

It comes after Mendy was released on bail in January after spending 134 days in custody following his August arrest.

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Judge Patrick Thompson released him from prison in a private hearing but imposed a list of “strict” conditions.

He must return his passport and not make any contact with the complainants.

Mendy is also to reside at his six-bedroom, £4.8million Cheshire mansion, but is legally free to go out and see friends.

The France international faces nine charges in total against six complaints.

One of the charges was made on August 23 – just three days before he was charged, it is said.

This is the second rape Mendy allegedly committed while on bail following his November arrest.

Mendy is also accused of raping a woman three times at the Cheshire mansion in October 2020.

The footballer allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in early January 2021.

A provisional trial date has been set for July 25.

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Co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, is charged with 10 misdemeanors, involving seven women, including seven counts of rape against five women and three of sexual assault.

Premier League champions Man City spent £49.2m to sign Mendy from French side Monaco in 2017.

He last played for the club on August 15 in their 1-0 loss to Tottenham at the start of the season.

In September 2020, City boss Pep Guardiola revealed that Mendy would be out of action for at least a month due to injury.

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In a statement, the club later said: “Manchester City can confirm that following his charge by police today, Benjamin Mendy has been suspended pending an investigation.

“The matter is the subject of legal proceedings and the club are therefore unable to comment further until these proceedings are completed.”

Mendy was released on bail in January

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Mendy was released on bail in JanuaryCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
He is to be tried in July

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He is to be tried in JulyCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
The footballer is accused of seven rapes

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The footballer is accused of seven rapes

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