Former Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been found not guilty in the rape case
Benjamin Mendy, a former Manchester City left-back, was found not guilty to two counts of rape in a retrial at Chester Crown Court in northwest England on Friday, according to Reuters.
He was found not guilty to six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault in January, according to The Associated Press, but the jury failed to reach a verdict in two other counts, leading to the retrial on Friday.
“This is the second time Mr Mendy has been tried by a jury and found not guilty. He is pleased that both juries reached the correct verdicts,” Mendy’s attorney said in a statement following the verdict, via Reuters. “It has been almost three years since the police began investigating this matter. Mr. Mendy has tried to stay strong but the process has inevitably had a severe impact on him.”
“He thanks everyone who has supported him through this ordeal and is now asking for privacy so he can begin rebuilding his life.”
Mendy, who turns 29 this month, was also found not guilty of one count of rape on September 13, 2022 after prosecutors didn’t seek a guilty verdict.
The allegations against Mendy originally surfaced in 2021 when he was charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault and was taken into police custody in England. Man City immediately suspended Mendy and fired him when his contract expired on June 30, 2023.
The France defender last played for City on August 15, 2021. He joined City in 2017 for a then-record-breaking fee for a defenseman (around $68.17 million) and signed a six-year contract. Mendy made 50 appearances during that period, having played for Monaco, Marseille and Le Havre in France’s Ligue 1.
mendy refused to answer questions about the future of his football career at the request of reporters after the trial.