Footballer Benjamin Mendy says he enjoyed ‘having sex with a lot of women’ in rape trial

Premier League footballer Benjamin Mendy has told court he enjoyed “having sex with a lot of women”.

On Monday, the player, who faces seven counts of rape, told his trial at Chester Crown Court it was “honestly, so easy” for him to meet women with whom he had sexual activity.

However, the 28-year-old France international said being on remand in prison has taught him “a lot of things about life”.

Wearing a navy suit, white shirt and tie, Mendy said he started attracting attention from women when he was 18 and playing for Marseille.

When asked by Eleanor Laws KC, who defended himself, if he knew why, he said: “Initially no, but after that yes. Because of status.”

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When he joined Manchester City in 2017, he said attention was “10 times bigger”.

He said: “The way they came to me isn’t because of my looks, it’s because of football.”

When asked about his stance on sex with women he didn’t know very well, he said, “I didn’t think about how they felt at the time or how they could get upset because they wanted to have sex for me and I did , everything was good and I would keep partying.”

He said he enjoys “having sex with a lot of women.”

But he said if a woman said “no” he would be “fine, I would accept it and I would stop”.

The world champion said he was “not worried” about using contraception, although he “knows the risks”.

He said it was “normal” for him to sleep with different women on the same night.

When asked why he continued to party with women he didn’t know after his initial arrest, Mendy said, “I didn’t do anything wrong, so I just thought, move on.”

Ms Laws said: “Do you regret that now?”

Mendy replied, “Yes.”

He said: “When I was in prison, many things became clear to me.

“The party I threw was in pain inside.”

He told the court he was injured several times during his time at City.

When asked to comment during his testimony, Mendy said he was ashamed to talk about sex.

He said, “Rather embarrassed, like when you ask me the question, that I can’t yell ‘yes I love sex’ because it would seem weird.”

The jury was told that Mendy was remanded in custody from August last year until January.

He said: “All my life I never had the time to really think about what I was doing.

“When I went there I was alone, you sit all day, the only thing you can do is think.”

When asked what he thinks about women now, he said, “I didn’t realize that I could hurt her feelings when we’re both fine having sex.”

He said he realized the way he sometimes talked about women was “disrespectful.”

Mendy said court jail would be the first time in his life that he would work at anything other than football and earn £4 a day which he would spend in the canteen.

He said, “For the first time, I was really cautious, like, ‘I have to buy this, but if I can get this, I can’t have this.’ The life I had before, everything I wanted, I just bought myself.

“So it taught me the value of money.”

He added, “I was sad and upset going there, but at the same time I’m learning a lot of things about life and the way I was.”

Mendy denies seven counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault against six young women.

His friend and “fixer” Louis Saha Matturie, 41, of Eccles, Salford, denies six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault involving seven young women.

The process, which began in August, will continue on Tuesday.

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