Benjamin Mendy, a French defender, was recently cleared of any wrongdoing by a Chester Crown court after being accused of raping one woman and attempting to rape another. The alleged incidents took place at his £4 million home in Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire in October 2020. This was the second time Mendy had been tried and found not guilty by a jury, as he had previously been cleared of six rapes at an earlier trial in January.
The trial lasted for three weeks and involved a 12-member jury. After the verdict was reached, the presiding judge, Steven Everett, stated that “Mr Mendy can be discharged from the dock.” Through his solicitor, Jenny Wiltshere, Mendy thanked the jury for focusing on the evidence during the trial rather than on rumor and innuendo. Wiltshere further asked that the privacy of her client be respected “so he can begin rebuilding his life.”
Prior to these events, Mendy had played 75 matches for Manchester City over six years at the club. His contract with the club expired this month. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Mendy as he moves forward from these trials.