Rape-Accused Man City Player Benjamin Mendy Faces Yet Another Charge

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Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has appeared in court to face yet another allegation of attempted rape.

Mendy was recently released on bail having been held in custody since his arrest for alleged rape and sexual assault in August. The player spent Christmas in one of the UK’s toughest prisons.

Mendy, 27, was held in Liverpool’s Category-B HMP Altcourse up until December 23 then moved to top-security prison Strangeways but has now been released on bail and must stay at home.

The 27-year-old now faces nine charges in total, seven of which are rape charges involving six alleged victims.

Mendy appeared for a brief hearing at Chester Crown Court, where judge Mr Justice Thompson set a trial date of 25 July. Mendy will return to court on March 11 for a further hearing.

The France international, of Prestbury in Cheshire, faces seven counts of rape, one of sexual assault and one of attempted rape involving a new complainant.

The alleged offences include three counts of rape said to have happened on 11 October 2020, sexual touching on 2 January last year, two counts of rape on 24 July and two counts of rape on 23 August.

When granted bail, Mr Mendy was told he must live at his home address, not contact complainants and surrender his passport. Mendy agreed to the conditions and replied “OK” to the judge.

The left-back joined the incumbent Premier League champions from Monaco in 2017 for a reported £52m but is currently suspended with Manchester City Football Club taking immediate action after his arrest.

Benjamin Mendy will return to court on January 24, with a plea and trial preparation hearing taking place. The trial is set to take place on either June 27 or August 1.