Benjamin Mendy has spoken. It’s the first time we’ve heard from him since the start of his trial, which began on August 10 and is being held in Chester, northern England. His testimony will resume Tuesday morning. The French international footballer from Manchester City, reigning world champion with the Blues, is accused of seven counts of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault of six women.
With our special correspondent in Chester, Marie Boeda
He admits that he may have been disrespectful, but he didn’t mean to hurt these women because we had agreed to love.
Benjamin Mendy speaks English with a strong French accent. First of all, he talks about his childhood: born in Paris to parents of Senegalese origin, the future footballer does not like school. He quickly comes to the sport that will make him famous. At 18, he arrived in Ligue 1 for Olympique de Marseille. He begins to capitalize on his success and continues the conquests.
Five years ago he joined the Manchester City team. It was a dream, he said. Women come to him. This is ” so easy “, he explains, to have sex. “ I’m not Brad Pitt. They are interested in me because I am a soccer player “, adds Benjamin Mendy. He buys a luxurious mansion in the north of England. This is where all-night parties take place with plenty of alcohol. This is also where six women claim to have been assaulted by the international.
Sometimes he confiscates his guests’ phones to prevent them from posting pictures on social networks. He also talks about his room, where he had many sexual relationships, and whose door is locked by a code.
Prosecutors said they felt trapped. But it was enough to use the handle to get out, he defends himself. Regarding the parties he continued to organize despite police warnings, he regrets.
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