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Football | ‘I was pressured by the police’ to press rape charges against Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy – Accuser

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Football | 'I was pressured by the police to press rape charges against Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy - Accuser

A woman who accused a Premier League player of sexually assaulting her said she admitted that she had not initially thought of her encounter with 28-year-old Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City as a rape, and she told police she didn’t want to get involved in the investigation.

The 22-year-old woman is one of three who allege that the French international sexually assaulted them during a two-day pool party at his £4.8 million property in Prestbury, Cheshire, last July.

She testified in Chester Crown Court from behind a screen, saying that she was contacted by policemen five months later and felt like she was “being pulled into the scenario” and that the police were the ones who initially referred to what happened to her as a “rape.”

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.’

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.

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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