A woman has described how she thought about screaming when she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy at his mansion, but believed “there’s no point as he’s on his own territory”.
The Chester Crown Court jury viewed a taped interview with the now 32-year-old woman, who is the first of seven women who have made allegations against the France international, to testify at his trial.
In the interview, which played yesterday, the woman told a police officer how Mendy, 28, wearing only his boxer shorts, walked into an adjoining bathroom when she was naked in the shower at his home.
She had stayed with one of his friends after one night in October 2018.
She said, “So he walked in and out of shock I said, ‘You have to go.’ I saw him holding onto his privates.”
The woman said she managed to wrap a towel around herself and grab underwear, but Mendy snatched it away from her.
“He just didn’t want me to have clothes,” she said. “He was always handicapping me. I kept pushing him away, he kept grabbing me.
“He sat on the bed and put me on top of him.”
She described desperately trying to hold on to her towel as Mendy removed his boxers and pulled her towards him.
She said: “I kept trying to wriggle out. He got very close but I pushed him as far away as possible.”
The woman told the officer she kept thinking, “Why is this happening? should i scream There’s no point since he’s in his own territory.
“I pretty much got into this situation because I shouldn’t have gone there [to Manchester].”
The woman explained how she had met Mendy a year earlier at a club in Barcelona but was much more interested in his boyfriend who was part of his entourage and invited her to Manchester in October 2018.
She said she traveled to Manchester on October 24, 2018 to see Mendy’s boyfriend at the footballer’s home in Cheshire.
Upon arrival, they went to a restaurant in Manchester and were joined by two Brazilian girls, who all played a few drinking games.
They then went to a club and champagne was ordered before going to a second nightclub where she was with Mendy’s girlfriend and the footballer approached her.
She said, “At one point he came up to me and said, ‘If he’s not looking, I’m going to kidnap you.’ “I thought he was joking.”
Mendy denies eight counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault.
He is said to have committed the crimes on seven young women between October 2018 and last August.
Prosecutors have told the jury Mendy was a “predator” who “turned the pursuit of sex into a game for women.”
Eleanor Laws QC, who defended Mendy, asked the witness about a text message she sent to a friend that morning before the alleged attempted rape.
In it, the woman had said, “He runs after me and says, ‘Don’t go.’ He wants to fuck me.”
When asked why she sent it, the woman replied, “Because he had that predatory look on his face.”
Ms Laws continued: “I suggest when you said you didn’t want to have sex that was the end.
“And I suggest that at no time did he attempt to enter your vagina?”
The woman replied, “Disagree.”
Timothy Cray, prosecutor, asked how the woman felt during the alleged attack.
She replied: “Out of control. I wasn’t in a familiar place, I was in another territory, it was his, he was surrounded by all his friends and I had no one else there.
“I kept saying ‘stop’ and ‘no’, but you didn’t hear that.”
Mendy’s co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 41, of Eccles, Salford, denies eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault involving eight young women.
Prosecutors have told jurors that Saha Matturie is Mendy’s friend and go-between and that one of his jobs is to “find young women and create situations where those young women could be raped and sexually assaulted.”
The jury heard that Mendy’s home, The Spinney, described as an isolated manor house in Mottram St Andrew in rural Cheshire, is at the heart of the case.
Mr Cray said there were five dates between October 2018 and August last year when nine women arrived at the footballer’s address and subsequently filed rape and/or sexual assault complaints against Mendy and Saha Matturie.
There are also four separate complaints against Saha Matturie, involving allegations outside of Mendy’s home in Manchester and Sheffield.
The jury heard Mendy and Saha Matturie say in “general terms” that all women willingly consented to sex, with only a few allegations denying anything sexual happened.
The trial has been adjourned and will resume this morning.
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