Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has been cleared of the rape charge against him. The former AS Monaco defender was accused of rape, he has now been cleared on the direction of the judge at his trial.
Benjamin Mendy Found Not Guilty for Rape Charge
Mr Mendy, 28, was cleared at Chester Crown Court of the rape of a 19-year-old woman at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire, on 24 July last year. Co-accused Louis Saha Matturie, 41, was also found not guilty of two counts of rape against the same woman.
They remain on trial for alleged sexual offences which they both deny. Mr Matturie, of Eccles, Salford, was also cleared of one count of sexual assault against the same lady.
On Tuesday Judge Stephen Everett ordered the jury to clear the defendants of those counts after the prosecution offered no further evidence and formal not guilty counts were entered.
He had warned jurors not to speculate as to why the prosecution had decided not to pursue guilty verdicts and to continue to “faithfully” try the defendants on the multiple charges they still face.
The player is however still to face some count charges as he is still accused of 6 counts of sexual assault against young women. Prosecutors have alleged Mr Mendy was a “predator” who “turned the pursuit of women for sex into a game”.