Mendy rape accuser ‘was in a WhatsApp group with another alleged assault victim’

A woman who accused Premier League footballer Benjamin Mendy of rape was part of a WhatsApp group with another alleged sexual assault victim who wanted to sue Manchester City, a court has heard.

The woman alleged she was raped by Mendy, 28, three times at her home in October 2020 when she was 20, after returning to his house with other women after a Sunday night drinking session at a nearby bar.

Another complainant, 24 years old at the time, alleges that three months later, on January 2, 2021, Mendy sexually assaulted her by grabbing her groin over her clothes during a party at her mansion, The Spinney, in Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire.

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

Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy at Chester Crown Court (David Rawcliffe/PA)

She told the Chester Crown Court jury that she reported her rape allegation to the police in November 2020 and discovered the other woman’s groping allegation in February 2021 and had to take two months off due from the trauma of reliving one’s own experience.

The other complainant then turned herself in to police shortly after the two women had contact in February.

Ms Laws said: ‘After finding out about each other’s allegations, she surrendered to the police two days later.

“Did she ever argue with you because of what happened, she wanted to sue Manchester City for what happened to her?”

The woman replied, “I don’t remember.”

The witness said she did not recall them both being part of a WhatsApp group with the title ‘Sunday Shlagggs’, but admitted they had both been with other girls during the an overnight trip to Wales.

She denied trying to “exaggerate and lie” about what happened between her and Mendy.

Ms Laws continued: ‘Were you persuaded that it was Mr Mendy who had done something wrong that night and not something entirely consensual?

The witness replied, “I am absolutely certain that I did not give my consent.”

Ms Laws added: ‘What happened in that room with Mr Mendy, while drinking, did you do things that you regretted and were embarrassed about the next day?

“Absolutely not,” replied the witness.

Mendy denies eight counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault against seven young women.

Louis Saha Matturie at Chester Crown Court
Louis Saha Matturie at Chester Crown Court (David Rawcliffe/PA)

Matturie, of Eccles, Salford, is denying eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault relating to eight young women.

Both men say that if sex took place, it was consensual.

In re-examination, Timothy Cray QC, prosecuting, asked the woman why she decided to go to the police and prosecute Mendy.

She replied, “The main reason was that I didn’t want to be here anymore.

“It’s a really scary thought for me because I have really good friends and a really good job, but I couldn’t keep not being myself.

“If someone just listened and it’s not from me, then I can try to continue.

“I didn’t want to live a life where I pretty much didn’t want to be here anymore.

“I didn’t want to do this to my family or my sister.”

The trial was adjourned to Monday.

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