A jury today exonerated BENJAMIN Mendy of the charge of raping women at his remote estate during lockdown-busting parties.
Prosecutors claimed that the Man City player was a “predator” who “made the pursuit of women for sex into a game.”
Mendy, 28, is also accused of hiding his victims’ phones and locking them in a “panic room” to prevent them from escaping.
However, the Frenchman who was on trial for six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault against four women was declared not guilty today.
After 67 hours and 17 minutes of discussion, the jury was unable to reach a judgment on one count of attempted rape and one count of rape against two additional claimed victims.
A re-trial, expected to last two to three weeks, has now been set for June 26, with a pre-trial hearing set to be held on January 27.
Earlier, Judge Everett called the jury back into the room and questioned whether they would reach different conclusions if given more time.
The jury’s foreman retorted: “No. Now that we have reached this stage, we cannot agree.”
Judge Everett said to them: “Jurors frequently fail to reach decisions on some counts. You have to fulfill your obligation.”
According to his attorney Jenny Wiltshire, Mendy, who is still in detention, is “delighted” to have been found not guilty of sexually assaulting four women and “looks forward” to having his name cleared at a new trial.
Man City also issued a statement today in response to the results.
Prosecutors testified during a six-month trial that the left-back used his six-bedroom Cheshire property to entice young women into “toxic and dangerous” circumstances.
Co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie is accused of serving as Mendy’s “fixer” by luring teenagers to the lockdown-busting events after nights spent in the VIP areas of nightclubs sipping £1,500 bottles of champagne.
Saha, 41, was cleared of three rape charges involving two teens.
Three allegations of rape and three counts of sexual assault brought against him by five other women were not found guilty by the jury.
Some of the alleged victims claimed their phones were taken away from them on arrival leaving them unable to call for help.
The women were allegedly treated as disposable once they were inside, used for sex before being thrown to the side.
However, Mendy’s attorney Eleanor Laws KC urged the jury to free him and put an end to his “total agony.”
She called the prosecution’s comparison of him to Jimmy Savile and charges that he used his prominence to harass women “utterly ludicrous.”
He is not the type of person to intentionally harm somebody in any situation, Ms. Laws said the court.
“He is entitled to acquittal if you aren’t satisfied he’s a vicious monster,” the judge said.
One word is being used against another.
He will never be able to escape these accusations, and his life as he knew it in football and the UK is done.
The trial featured several well-known figures, including Mendy’s Man City teammates.
At a “after party,” one of the women allegedly had sex with England hero Jack Grealish.
“Ha ha ha I have slept with Jack Grealish,” she texted her friend afterwards.
In July 2021, Kyle Walker attended one of the events held at Mendy’s estate.