Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy told one of his alleged victims that he had slept with 10,000 women, his rape trial has heard.
The 28-year-old Frenchman bragged about a woman after raping her in her bedroom, having confiscated her phone at her Cheshire mansion, Chester crown court heard on Thursday.
The woman – the first of seven to go to police to accuse the soccer player of rape or sexual assault – said she believed she had been locked in the room after Mendy told her she couldn’t come out and promised to return her phone if she left. undressed naked.
In a police video interview shown to the jury at Chester crown court, the woman said she met Mendy at Parea, a pub in Alderley Edge, an affluent Cheshire town, on October 11, 2020. , when he was 24 years old.
Along with friends, she returned to her home in nearby Mottram St Andrew, where the footballer confronted her after he saw her using Snapchat on her phone.
She claims he told her he couldn’t put photos of his home on social media as his club had already fined him £200,000 for bringing people back. She then took his phone from him and began looking at photos of him, she said, some of which were of an intimate nature.
She described following the footballer upstairs and into a room which she opened using her fingerprint on a touch screen, while repeatedly asking for her phone back. She said that she made it clear that she was not interested in him. “I said: I don’t want to have sex with you. I want to go,” she told police.
He then began asking to see her naked, but she refused, he claimed.
Believing she was locked in, the woman described removing all her clothing except for a thong. She then grabbed her from behind her, she claimed, before attacking her. When she protested, he said, “Oh, you’re too shy,” she claimed. “And I said ‘No, I’m not shy. I just don’t want to have sex with you. And he was like, ‘Okay. I’ve had sex with 10,000 women. It’s okay.'”
She said she told him she had to go and started to change, only for him to say, “If you don’t tell anyone, you can come here every night.” She said that she did not understand how he could see what she had done to him as “a privilege” that she would want to repeat.
Interviewed by a specialist police officer, she described how she repeatedly said no. “What really bothers me is how many times I said no. How many times have I said: I don’t want to have sex with you. I was very clear and that was not listened to,” she said.
She was interviewed on November 11, 2020, nine months before Greater Manchester Police charged Mendy with any sexual offence.
Mendy denies all the charges against him.
The trial continues.