Manchester City and France professional footballer Benjamin Mendy has been remanded in police custody after appearing in court charged with rape and sexual assault. The AS Monaco 27-year-old defender is accused of four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault at his home in Cheshire.
They relate to alleged attacks on three women, of which one is under 18, between October 2020 and August 2021. Benjamin Mendy spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth at Chester Magistrates’ Court. No pleas were entered as the charges were put to the Premier League footballer, who had also been facing one count of breaking his bail conditions in August.
Benjamin Mendy Remanded in Police Custody
That charge was withdrawn in court. Proceedings were relayed back to the French international via an interpreter. Benjamin Mendy showed no emotion as he was taken away from court accompanied by two dock officers at the end of the hearing. The court hearing lasted for about an hour before a decision was taken to take him away.
District Judge Jack McGarva sent the case to Chester Crown Court, where Benjamin Mendy will appear on 10 September. The World Cup winner plays for Manchester City since joining them in 2017 from AS Monaco for a reported £52m.
On Thursday, the club said they had suspended the player pending a full investigation into the rape case he was charged with.