Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has told one of his alleged victims that he slept with 10,000 women, according to his rape trial.
The 28-year-old Frenchman bragged to a woman after he raped her in her bedroom, having confiscated her phone at her Cheshire mansion, the Chester 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 her phone if she undressed. naked.
In a police video interview shown to the Chester District Court jury, the woman, then a 24-year-old teacher, said she met Mendy at Parea, a bar in Alderley Edge, a wealthy Cheshire town, on October 11, 2020 .
When the bar closed, she and a few friends returned to Mendy’s in Mottram St Andrew, where she was confronted by the footballer after seeing him using Snapchat on his phone.
She claims he told her she couldn’t put pictures of his house on social media because he had already been fined £200,000 for hosting break-up parties. He then picked up his phone and started looking at her photos, she said, some of which were intimate in nature.
She described following the footballer upstairs and into a bedroom which he unlocked using his fingerprint on a touchscreen, as she repeatedly asked for his phone. She said she had made it clear that she was not interested in him. “I said: I don’t want to sleep 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 up, 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 sleep with you. And he was like, ‘It’s okay. I’ve slept with 10,000 women. It’s okay. ‘”
She said she told him she had to leave and started changing, only for him to say, “If you don’t tell anyone, you can come here every night.” She said she couldn’t understand how he could possibly see what he did to her as “a privilege” that she would want to repeat.
When questioned by a specialized police officer, she described how she had repeated no several times. “What really bothers me is how many times I’ve said no. How many times have I said, I don’t want to sleep with you. listened,” she said.
She was interviewed on November 11, 2020, nine months before Mendy was charged with sex offenses by Greater Manchester Police.
Eleanor Laws QC, Mendy’s solicitor, read the woman’s jury messages to a friend early in the evening.
In the messages, the woman said she was going to “get fucked”, which is to say drunk, and “listen, if I ever have to get pregnant, it’s tonight”.
The woman said it was a joke. She denied Laws’ suggestion that the sexual activity was consensual and that she lied about the 10,000 women remark.
Mendy denies all charges against him.
The trial continues.