Benjamin Mendy ‘told woman "I’ve had sex with 10,000 women" after raping her’

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Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy said ”It’s fine, I have had sex with 10,000 women” after allegedly raping a woman three times in his "locked" bedroom, a court heard.

The 28-year-old French international allegedly lured the woman into his bedroom by taking her phone and looking through naked pictures of her.

Chester Crown Court heard how, in October 2020, Mendy and the woman had been at a bar earlier in the evening. Fellow Manchester footballer Jesse Lingard was also present, the court heard.

They then went back to Mendy’s house in Mottram St Andrew, rural Cheshire.

The court heard how the alleged victim said, in her police interview, that he used his fingerprint to open a bedroom door and she followed him in before asking for her phone back.

She claimed he told her to take her clothes off, telling her: “If you just take your clothes off, I just want to have a look at you and I won’t touch you but I just want to see what you look like. I want to see your body. I want to see your tits, your tits are so big.”

The woman, who stripped down to her underwear, said she repeatedly told Mendy she did not want to have sex with him and her friend would be looking for her but he said: “Well the door's locked anyway.”

She told police: “He threw my phone on the bed so then I bent over to get it off the bed and he had walked round the bed and come behind me and pushed me onto the bed so I was on all fours.

“He was then like thrusting against me with his pants up. And then he moved my knickers, my thong, to the side and I was like ‘No, no, this is too much’ and he was like ‘I’m just gonna put the tip in just for a minute’ and I was saying ‘No I don’t want to, I don’t want to do that’.

“I sort of struggled forward and I was more laying flat rather than having my back arched and he was saying ‘Your a**e, your a**e it’s so nice’. After he was putting the tip in my vagina forcefully and I was saying ‘No’ and he started to put his penis into my bum.

“He was like ‘Oh well just put it in your mouth’ and got my head and then I put his penis in my mouth for a minute and I was pulling away and saying ‘No I can’t, I can’t’.

“He took a step back and I was able to sit up on the end of the bed.

“He said ‘Oh you’re too shy’ and I said ‘I’m not shy, I just don’t want to have sex with you’ and he said ‘It’s fine I’ve had sex with 10,000 women its okay’, and I said ‘No I just need to go’.”

The court heard how, asked by police if she knew who Mendy was, the woman said: “What I was told was when we had got [to the bar] is that one of these is a footballer.

“But then everyone was like calling him Ben. This other table of guys had come next to us and there was like Jesse Lingard who I know because my sister’s boyfriend loves. I don’t like football. But he was there and a few others.”

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

The offences are alleged to have taken place on five different occasions at his “isolated” home in Cheshire between October 2018 and August last year.

The court heard the offences took place at Mendy’s mansion, known as The Spinney.

Prosecutor Timothy Cray QC told jurors earlier this week that Mendy raped three women in the same night after a pool party at the mansion.

One of these women was allegedly offered money to go to to Mendy’s house by his friend, Louis Saha Matturie, and did not want sex but was raped after Mendy “persisted in his demands”.

The other two women were teenagers and the prosecutor said they fell asleep before waking up to find Mendy was raping them.

The court heard one described waking up on a sofa in the living room with her arms being held behind her back as Mendy said “Don’t move, don’t move.”

The court also heard Mendy, a World Cup winner with the French national team, allegedly took two alleged victims to rooms in his house which had “panic room-style” locks and raped them.

Also on trial is Mendy’s friend and “fixer” Matturie, 41, who allegedly helped find young women for Mendy and was present at parties where women claim they were raped.

Saha, of Eccles, denies eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault against eight different women – two of whom Mendy is also accused of raping.

The trial, which is scheduled for four months, continues.

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