Accused of rape, footballer Benjamin Mendy kept in pre-trial detention


British justice refused this Wednesday 1er September a request for release under judicial supervision formulated by the French international defender of Manchester City Benjamin Mendy, 27, accused of four rapes and one sexual assault.

Detained at HMP Altcourse prison, in Liverpool (north-west), the footballer was not present at the hearing, which was held behind closed doors in a court in Chester.

Benjamin Mendy was imprisoned and remanded in custody on Friday. His club, where he has been playing since 2017, had suspended him on Thursday, a few minutes before the police announced his referral to justice.

Indicted for rape, jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot suspended six more months

A new hearing is scheduled for September 10.

Three women, including a minor

Benjamin Mendy is charged with three rapes in October 2020 and one rape in August 2021, at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire.

He is also accused of sexual assault on a woman, also at his home, at the beginning of last January.

The alleged assaults concern three women, including a minor.

To recruit Mendy, revealed in Marseille and passed through Monaco during a season, City had paid 52 million pounds (about 60 million euros), making the young French left-back the most expensive defender in history at the time .

“The fight against sexual violence against minors should be an absolute emergency for our society”

But since then his career has been punctuated by injuries, such as his cruciate ligament rupture in 2017, forcing Mendy to spend more time treating his knees and muscle ailments than kicking a ball.

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The French international, world champion in 2018, also delighted the tabloids in the fall of 2020 when his Lamborghini was seized, worth more than 500,000 euros, which he was driving without a license or insurance. . He had pleaded guilty and was fined just over 1,000 euros.



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