French football star Mendy described as 'predatory serial rapist' at UK trial


France international footballer Benjamin Mendy was branded a predatory serial rapist by prosecution lawyers at the Manchester City star's trial in the UK.

Mendy is charged with seven counts of rape, one of attempted rape, and another of sexual assault against six women.

His co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie, faces six counts of rape and three of sexual assault against seven other complainants.

Both men deny the charges.

Prosecutor Timothy Cray told the jury at Chester Crown Court on Thursday that Manchester City defender Mendy lured young women into "toxic and dangerous" situations at parties.

The lawyer alleged that Mendy and Matturie assumed the women were "good for sex" and "never heard the word 'no'".

VIP lounges and after-parties

The court was told the alleged assaults took place at a flat Mendy rented in Manchester city centre and at parties at his home in Cheshire.

The prosecution maintains that Matturie acted as a "fixer" who identified and invited women to the parties from VIP lounges at nightclubs in the city.

Giving evidence, Mendy has denied lying to "save his own skin", despite admitting having sex with women "within seconds and minutes" of meeting them.

He acknowledged that he had sex with many women but insisted he always stopped if they said "no".

Character witnesses for Mendy at the trial have included his boss, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

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