“I’m not Brad Pitt”, the astonishing defense of the former tricolor

The 28-year-old French defender, suspended for more than a year by Manchester City, has been on trial since early August in Chester, northern England, where he is accused of seven rapes, an attempted rape and sexual assault.

The facts allegedly took place between October 2018 and August 2021 at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire. He faces life imprisonment.

The defense speaks

The first months of this long trial were devoted to the prosecution, which presented Benjamin Mendy as a “predator” who abused “vulnerable, terrified and isolated” victims.

Since Monday, it is now up to the defense to speak. Benjamin Mendy, navy blue suit and white shirt, spoke for the first time to defend himself, answering questions from his lawyer.

He confirmed that thanks to his status as a football player, women “come to him”.

“I am not Brad Pitt”

If he said “like to sleep with many women”, he denied non-consensual sex, believing that “if they (the women) had to have sex and me too, everything was fine”, before continuing: “I’m not Brad Pitt.”

But if a woman had said “no”, Benjamin Mendy claimed he “would have accepted it and stopped”.

Winner of the 2018 World Cup with the France team, where he was a substitute, Benjamin Mendy spent more than four months, from August 2021 to January 2022, in pre-trial detention.

Released in early January, he was placed under judicial supervision pending trial.

From Le Havre to City

Trained in Le Havre, revealed in Marseille and spent a season with Monaco, Benjamin Mendy became the most expensive defender in history in 2017 when the Citizens paid 52 million pounds (about 61.4 million euros at the current price). ) to become attached to its services.

He is on trial alongside another man, Louis Saha Matturie, unrelated to former footballer Louis Saha, on his side for six rapes and three sexual assaults.

They both pleaded not guilty.


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