In his rape trial, the Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is said to have informed one of his alleged victims that he had slept with 10,000 women.
According to testimony presented at Chester Crown Court on Thursday, the 28-year-old Frenchman boasted to the victim after raping her in his bedroom and taking her phone from his Cheshire house.
First of seven women to report the footballer for rape or sexual assault, the woman said she had been imprisoned in the room after Mendy informed her she couldn’t go and made a conditional offer to return her phone in exchange for stripping off.
In a police video interview shown to the jury at Chester Crown Court, the woman said that on October 11, 2020, when she was 24 years old, she met Mendy in the bar Parea in the wealthy Cheshire town of Alderley Edge.
She returned to the footballer’s house in the neighborhood of Mottram St. Andrew with some pals, when she was confronted by him after he observed her using Snapchat on her phone.
She alleges that he instructed her not to post images of his home on social media because he had already received a £200,000 punishment from his club for inviting people back. She claimed that after that, he stole her phone and began looking through her images, some of which were intimate in nature.
She described following the footballer upstairs and into a bedroom he unlocked using his fingerprint on a touch screen, as she repeatedly asked for her phone back. She said she made it clear she was not interested in him. “I said: I don’t want to have sex with you. I want to go,” she told police.
He then started asking to see her naked but she refused, she claimed.
Believing she was locked in, the woman described taking off all of her clothes apart from a thong. He then grabbed her from behind, she claimed, before he attacked 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 was like: ‘It’s fine. I’ve had sex with 10,000 women. It’s OK.’” She said she told him she needed to go and started to get changed, only for him to say: “If you don’t tell anyone anything you can come here every night.” She said she did not understand how he could possibly see what he had done to her as “a privilege” that she would want to repeat
Interviewed by a specialist police officer, she described how she repeatedly said no. “What really upsets me is how many times I said no. How many times I said: I don’t want to have sex with you. I was very clear and that wasn’t listened to,” she said.
She was interviewed on 11 November 2020, nine months before Mendy was charged with any sexual offences by Greater Manchester police.
Mendy denies all of the charges against him.
The trial continues.