Benjamin Mendy: Woman ‘woke up with star raping her’, court hears

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The female, aged 19 at the time, said she had been drinking champagne with Mendy, his friends and other young women at a nightclub in Manchester, before returning to the footballer’s Cheshire mansion. After spending time in the swimming pool, she became sleepy and went to a top-floor bedroom at the house, it was said.

In her police interview, played to jurors, the woman, breaking down in tears, said: “I woke up to find Ben on top of me, but I was on my side. It was horrific.” The woman, who described herself as “out of it” or “6/10” drunk, was asked if there was “any chance” Mendy could have thought she wanted to have sex with him that night.

She replied: “No, because I don’t know him that well.” The woman said that two or three months before the alleged rape she’d had sex with Mendy, “like a one-night thing” but that she was sober and it was consensual.

Eleanor Laws QC, defending Mendy, suggested her account of what happened, waking up to find Mendy raping her, was the “exact same” allegation made by her friend, who the footballer is also accused of raping on the same evening. The witness replied: “I have not spoken to her.”

Mendy, 28, denies the rape in the early hours of July 24, 2021, along with the rape of two other young women over the same 24-hour period at his home.

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

His co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie, 41, denies eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault, relating to eight young women.

The trial at Chester Crown Court continues.

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