A young woman “looked like she saw a ghost” after coming out of the bedroom where soccer player Benjamin Mendy allegedly raped her three times, a friend of hers told the court.
A friend went looking for the 20-year-old, who she sees “like sisters,” after disappearing with Mendy for about 20 minutes during a party at the Manchester City star’s mansion in Cheshire. said.
Witnesses told Chester Criminal Court that they spotted a friend coming downstairs from their upstairs bedroom.
Timothy Clay QC, who has charged Mendy, 28, who denies multiple sexual assaults, asked a friend, “What did she look like to you?”
A witness said, “She looked like she had seen a ghost. She looked empty. She looked dead.”
Moments later, the rape complainant told her friend that she was “extremely eager” to leave and return home, the trial heard.
When they arrived at her home, the 20-year-old told her friends that she was “fine” and tried to “dispel” the incident.
But she also said, “I’m in a situation where I don’t want to do something, I’m under pressure, so I just say yes to something,” a friend told jurors.
She said the next morning, the plaintiff promised not to touch Mendy if she undressed while looking at her, but then “forced” her onto the bed and raped her.
The court found two young women among a group of four friends who returned to Mendy’s home, The Spinney, in St Andrew, Mottram, Cheshire, after drinking at a nearby bar on October 11, 2020. I heard that there was
The girls had been told not to use their cell phones at Mendy’s house because they were hypersensitive to photos and posts on social media and worried about gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.
A 20-year-old woman came by as she was scrolling through her phone near the pool and “snatched” her cell phone to see if she was taking pictures or posting them on social media. rice field.
She said she asked for it back, but the soccer player took her upstairs to her bedroom.
Prosecutors claim Mendy is a “predator” who “turned the pursuit of women for sex into a game.”
Mendy has denied eight rapes, one attempted rape and one sexual assault against seven young women.
The accomplice, Louis Saha Matturie, 41, is a footballer’s friend and fixer who is said to have had a job finding sex with young women.
Mattley of Eccles, Salford, denies eight rapes and four sexual assaults involving eight young women.
Both men state that if sex with a woman or girl takes place, it is consensual.
The trial continues.
If you are affected by the issues raised in this article, please call the National 24 Hour Rape Crisis Helpline at 1800-77 8888 to access text services and web chat options. drcc.ie/services/helpline/or visit rape crisis help.
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