Benjamin Mendy trial update: Mendy has been out of action since he was charged of sexual offenses
French footballer Benjamin Mendy is set to appear in a UK courtroom on Monday to begin his retrial for two alleged sexual offenses. This comes after he was previously acquitted of several other charges.
Mendy, who plays for Manchester City, will face one charge of rape and one charge of attempted rape at Chester Crown Court in northwest England.
In his previous trial, which concluded in January, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on two charges related to two separate women.
The group of jurors, consisting of seven men and four women, acquitted the defendant of six other counts of rape and one count of sexual assault involving four women after a lengthy six-month trial. The judge promptly scheduled a new trial for Monday to address the two charges that the jury did not reach a verdict on.
Mendy, whose contract with Manchester City is set to expire at the end of this month and is reportedly not going to be renewed, has consistently denied all the charges brought against him.
In January, when the court announced the verdict of not guilty, Mendy reacted by hiding his face with his hands and softly swaying. Jenny Wiltshire, one of his attorneys, expressed his happiness about being acquitted of the majority of the charges.
She also mentioned his desire to prove his innocence regarding the remaining two charges, so he can begin the process of rebuilding his life.
Mendy, along with Louis Saha Matturie, was accused of various sexual offenses. Matturie was found not guilty of three counts of rape, but the jury could not reach a verdict on other charges against him.
Mendy, on the other hand, denied ever forcing any woman into sex and claimed that all sexual activity was consensual.
Mendy, who joined Manchester City in 2017, has had a limited playing time due to injuries and a loss of form. He has not played since August 15, 2021, when he was initially charged with multiple counts of rape and sexual assault.