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Woman Who Accused Footballer Benjamin Mendy Of Rape claims Police “Pressured” Her Into Pressing Charges

Woman Who Accused Footballer Benjamin Mendy Of Rape claims Police "Pressured" Her Into Pressing Charges

Woman Who Accused Footballer Benjamin Mendy Of Rape claims Police “Pressured” Her Into Pressing Charges

Woman Who Accused Footballer Benjamin Mendy Of Rape claims Police “Pressured” Her Into Pressing Charges

A woman who yesterday accused a Premier League player of sexually assaulting her acknowledged that she felt ‘pressured’ by police to file a report.

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She admitted to authorities that she had first not thought of her encounter with 28-year-old Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City as a rape, and she indicated she didn’t want to get involved in the investigation.

The 22-year-old woman is one of three people who have accused the French player of sexually assaulting them at a two-day pool party held at his £4.8 million property in Prestbury, Cheshire, last July.

Testifying from behind a screen, she told Chester Crown Court that she was contacted by officers five months later and felt like she was ‘being dragged into the situation and it was the police who first called what happened to her ‘rape’.

Woman Who Accused Footballer Benjamin Mendy Of Rape claims Police “Pressured” Her Into Pressing Charges

The footballer allegedly forced himself on her during a ’20-second’ attack, which left her feeling ‘dirty and ashamed. She told the court: ‘I felt the word rape meant like a stranger or in an alleyway. But he was my friend and it was his house.’

She added: ‘It was not any different to what I had experienced before. I felt there was pressure on me but boys can be quite pressuring.’

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She accepted that before giving her police interview she had Googled: ‘How much is Benjamin Mendy worth?’ and that she kept in touch with him on social media following the alleged rape.

She also agreed that there was a group of people, including some of the alleged victims, known as ‘the Manchester circle’ in the city’s clubs.

Woman Who Accused Footballer Benjamin Mendy Of Rape claims Police “Pressured” Her Into Pressing Charges

She claimed that after Mendy’s arrest, his co-accused and alleged ‘fixer’, Louis Saha Matturie, 41, messaged her: ‘Ben’s done a lot of crazy stuff.’

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Mendy denies eight counts of rape, one of attempted rape, and one of sexual assault. Saha, of Eccles, Greater Manchester, denies eight rapes and four sex assaults.


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