August 11 – Manchester City’s French international Benjamin Mendy has pleaded not guilty to yet another charge of rape.
The 28-year-old entered the plea ahead of a trial that is due to start on Monday. He now denies eight counts of rape, one of sexual assault and one of attempted rape. The charges involve seven women.
A jury panel of eight men and four women were sworn in for the trial, which is expected to last more than three months.
The offences against seven young women are alleged to have taken place at Mendy’s home between October 2018 and August 2021.
Mendy has made 50 Premier League appearances for City since joining from Monaco in 2017 and has 10 international caps for France. He was suspended by the club as soon as he was charged.
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