Manchester City and France international Benjamin Mendy has been charged with further rape case, a court said on Wednesday. The 27-year-old defender already faces six rape and one sexual assault charge but was last week charged with a seventh rape.
The ban on reporting the latest rape allegation has been lifted as Mendy appeared at Chester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing ahead of his trial next year. The charges pertain to alleged crimes against five different women in 2020 and this year.
The footballer, who lives in Prestbury, near McClellfield in the north-west of England, appeared on the outskirts of Manchester with his co-defendant Louis Maturi at the age of 40 with Ackles. Maturi is accused of committing six serious sexual offenses against young women. After a 40-minute hearing, both were remanded in custody. His trial, which was scheduled to take place in January, was postponed until the end of next year.
Mendy signed from Monaco for £52m ($70m) in 2017 and played 75 times for City, but his playing time was limited by injuries and loss of form. The last of his 10 selections for France came in November 2019. The left-back won the 2018 World Cup with France. He was suspended until the result of a criminal trial by the Premier League champions, Manchester City.