Manchester City star, Benjamin Mendy was ‘a danger to women’ and threw lockdown parties at his £4.7million mansion ‘because he had a lust for sex’, his rape trial has heard.
The French defender is accused of being a ‘predator’ who turned the pursuit of women for sex into a game, regularly going clubbing in Manchester before holding ‘after-parties’ where young women were invited back to a city centre apartment or his Cheshire mansion and sexually assaulted.
He denies rape and sexual assaults on six women and told the jury any sexual contact was always consensual.
The Man City defender admitted that he was ‘direct’ with women about wanting sex even though he did not know them. He also revealed he did not consider the possibility of a sexually transmitted disease, saying: ‘I was taking risks. I was crazy.’
Questioned about his ‘attitude to sex’ on his third day in the witness box at Chester Crown Court, the footballer admitted he had held parties in defiance of lockdown rules during the pandemic.
And he also revealed that he gave his co-accused and alleged ‘fixer’ Louis Saha Matturie £17,000 in 42 regular payments between 2020 and 2021 which was used for food, alcohol, and transport.
Mendy admitted he regrets his partying lifestyle and told jurors he is ‘crazy’ and that his life was like being on a ‘fast train’ that kept ‘going and going’ until he was arrested and had time to think in jail.
One rape complainant has claimed Mendy told her having sex with him was a ‘privilege’ and he had had sex with 10,000 women.
Timothy Cray KC, prosecuting, asked Mendy: ‘You didn’t really see them as people, just things to be used for sex.
‘That’s how you did see them and how you would get it terribly wrong about whether they were consenting or not?’
Mendy replied: ‘No.’
The jury heard that, during the pandemic, the flat Mendy rented in Manchester and his home, The Spinney, in Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire, were used for lockdown-busting parties, to prey on young women.
Mr. Cray continued: ‘Did you think the rules did not apply to you? You had parties because you had this lust for sex?’
Mendy said: ‘No. At the time I was just partying. I was not thinking that well.’
Mr. Cray said: ‘You were a danger to women, weren’t you? Because you did not see any consequences of breaking really important rules?’
Mendy said: ‘No, never. Having a social life, I did lots of things.’
The jurors were shown a CCTV clip of Mendy in a nightclub, dancing with women and holding his crotch.
Mr. Cray said: ‘That’s what you thought about at the time – what’s in your pants – and you had sex with them no matter what they thought.’
Eleanor Laws KC, defending Mendy, asked him about his attitude to women and lifestyle at the time of the alleged offences.
Mendy said: ‘I was trying to be direct, to avoid conversation, go on dates…
‘I was crazy. I was taking risks. The party, the Covid rules… it was like the train was going fast and I was keeping going, keeping going, until I went to prison – the first time I was really alone and the first time to think about everything.’
Mendy denies seven counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault against six young women.
Matturie, 41, of Eccles, Salford, denies six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault relating to seven young women.
The trial continues.