One of eight rape charges against world football champion Benjamin Mendy, currently on trial in England, has been dropped due to insufficient evidence from the prosecution, Judge Stephen Everett announced on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old French defender, suspended for a year by Manchester City, has been on trial since early August in Chester, northern England, and remains charged with seven rapes, one attempted rape and one sexual assault against seven women. He denies all these accusations.
His co-defendant, Louis Saha Matturie was also found not guilty of two rapes and a sexual assault on the same woman.
The facts took place in July and August 2021. According to the British press, the debates had revolved in particular around a video of the antics between the accuser and Louis Saha Matturie of which she denied having known the existence, but on which she was However, she would see her look several times in the direction of the telephone with which she had been recorded, held by Saha Matturie. She had also been questioned about messages, especially while she was on vacation, that she had sent to Saha Matturie after the rapes of which she accused him.