Benjamin Mendy’s trial continued on Wednesday with a new day of hearings in Chester court

The testimony of a complainant accusing the world champion of a rape in July 2021 has been broadcast.

New day of testimony at Chester court, where the trial of Benjamin Mendy, accused of eight rapes, an attempted rape and a sexual assault, opened on August 10. This Wednesday, the testimony of an alleged rape victim, recorded by the police in February 2022, was broadcast.

The facts described by the complainant date back to July 23, 2021. She says that she was invited to the player’s home and agreed to go there, specifying that Louis Saha Matturie , co-accused in this case, paid her for the taxi for the drive on the spot. The complainant explained that when she arrived, three other women were present.

“I remember his way of speaking was quite direct and raw”

At some point during the evening, Mendy texted her asking her to come down. Finding it “strange”, she says she came anyway. “We ended up kissing and he lowered his pants, she says. I told him ‘I’m not doing anything’. He replied ‘what do you mean?’ I remember his way of speaking was quite direct and raw. He was like, ‘you don’t trust me’.” The complainant went on to explain that she was indeed mistrustful as she had first met Mendy only three days earlier.

According to the alleged victim, the former OM and AS Monaco player used particularly direct words. “He was there like ‘all these women want to fuck with me’. I think he was saying things to me to convince me to do things with him”, adds the complainant. She says she responded, “I don’t want to do anything like that, I just came for a drink. To try to calm him down, the complainant says she told Mendy she wasn’t on the pill.” Nothing bothered him,” adds the complainant.

The complainant assures that she was sober at the time and therefore completely “aware of the situation”. She reportedly told Mendy: “I don’t know you, I’d rather get to know someone first.” She assures that Mendy asked her for a blowjob, to which she replied “no”. The player would have repeated his request “several times”, adding that, if she left, “no one would speak to her”.

“It was like talking to a wall”

“I did not know what to do at that time, I had given all possible excuses to get out of this situation”, adds the complainant, in particular that of having to go to work. “It’s as if nothing I said made him tilt, it was like talking to a wall, adds the complainant. I ended up being forced to give in, there was nothing but I can say or do.”

The alleged victim then clarifies the circumstances of the rape: “I had to get on all fours. He was behind, with his hand on my back. I said ‘no’. He replied ‘leave me’. “ The complainant confirms that they “ended up having a sexual relationship”“It wasn’t long, within 20 seconds and it was over,” she adds. The complainant said she told him several times: “I don’t want to do anything, I don’t want you.” He would have replied: “it’s small, don’t worry”.

The complainant repeats that she was not consenting: “During the whole time that it lasted, he knew that I did not want that, she supports during her hearing. He continued to approach and insist , I couldn’t do anything else.” When she returned upstairs, the complainant said she told her friend that “something had happened but not something I wanted”. The friend in question would have replied: “Two guys stopped her from going downstairs and asked her not to go.”

The complainant revived on the notion of consent during cross-examination

During the days following the alleged rape, the complainant confides that she felt “dirty”, “ashamed”, specifying that she did not even want to “touch herself in the shower”. She claims to have then received several messages from Mendy asking her to “come and see him“. While Mendy was arrested by the police, the complainant recounts having received a message from one of her friends, asking her if she had spoken. The alleged victim told her no, that she had not spoken to the police. The complainant specifies that she was “too scared” to go and file a complaint: “I didn’t want to think about what had happened.”

Relaunched on the notion of consent during cross-examination, the alleged victim repeated that she had never said yes to the footballer. “Mr. Mendy didn’t rape you, did he?” asked Mendy’s lawyer. “He did,” replied the complainant. The lawyer insists on the notion of consent, asking in particular what the complainant thought she was doing by joining Mendy downstairs. The complainant repeats that she was sexually assaulted and did not consent at any time.

Source: RMC Sport

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