Benjamin Mendy said he had slept with 10,000 women, the rape trial hears | UK news

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy told one of his alleged victims he had slept with 10,000 women, his rape trial has heard.

The 28-year-old Frenchman bragged to a woman after raping her in his bedroom, after confiscating her phone at his Cheshire mansion, Chester Crown Court heard on Thursday.

The woman – the first of seven to go to police to accuse the footballer of rape or sexual assault – said she believed she had been locked in the room after Mendy told her she couldn’t get out and promised to return the phone if she undressed. naked.

In a police video interview played to the jury at Chester crown court, the woman said she met Mendy at Parea, a bar in Alderley Edge, an affluent town in Cheshire, on October 11, 2020, when she was 24.

With friends, she went back to his home in nearby Mottram St Andrew, where she was confronted by the footballer after he saw her using Snapchat on her phone.

She claims he told her she couldn’t post pictures of his house on social media as he had already been fined £200,000 by his club for turning people away. He then took her phone and began looking through her photos, she said, some of which were of an intimate nature.

She described following the footballer upstairs and into a bedroom he unlocked using his fingerprint on a touchscreen, repeatedly asking for the phone back. She said she made it clear she wasn’t interested in him. “I said: I don’t want to have sex with you. I want to leave, she told the police.

He then began asking to see her naked, but she refused, she claimed.

Believing she was locked in, the woman described taking off all her clothes except for a thong. He then grabbed her from behind, she claimed, before attacking her. When she protested, he said: “Oh, you’re too shy,” she claimed. “And I said, ‘No, I’m not shy. I just don’t want to have sex with you. And he said, ‘It’s okay. I’ve had sex with 10,000 women. It’s okay.'”

She said she told him she had to go and started changing, only for him to say, “If you don’t tell anyone, you can come here every night.” She said she did not understand how he could see what he had done to her as “a privilege” that she would want to repeat.

She was interviewed by a police specialist and described how she repeatedly said no. “What really upsets me is how many times I said no. How many times did I say: I don’t want to have sex with you. I was very clear and it was not listened to, she said.

She was interviewed on 11 November 2020, nine months before Mendy was charged with sexual assault by Greater Manchester Police.

Mendy denies all the allegations against him.

The trial continues.

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