Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy arrived at court on Monday morning after being charged with seven counts of rape.
The 27-year-old Man City defender appeared at Chester Crown Court for a hearing ahead of his trial on July 25. The Frenchman was snapped wearing a black suit as he made his way through photographers and into the building, a day after his club side Man City clinched the Premier League title.
He has been accused of nine offences in total against six women. Of those, Mendy is charged with seven counts of rape relating to four women, which he denies.
Mendy missed out on the Premier League title celebrations after being suspended by City. He last played for the club on August 15 at the beginning of the season, before spending 134 days in custody following his arrest that month.
The club commented at the time: “Manchester City can confirm that following his being charged by police today, Benjamin Mendy has been suspended pending an investigation.
“The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete.”
Mendy was originally held at Liverpool's Category B prison HMP Altcourse following his arrest in October 2021. However, after fears for his safety, he was moved to top-security prison Strangeways, dubbed the UK's ''grimmest' prison.
A ruling from Cheshire Crown Court meant Mendy was eventually allowed to move back into his £5m Cheshire mansion in January, though a list of “stringent” conditions were imposed on him.
The World Cup winner has been forced to surrender his passport and make no contact with complainants. He is also to reside in his mansion, though he can still legally go out and see friends.
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