Mendy accuser said she did not have sexual contact with Jack Grealish, court hears


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A woman who claims she was raped by Benjamin Mendy, a French left-back for Manchester City, told police that she had no sexual contact with his teammate Jack Grealish. A court heard that the England international was among partygoers at Mr Mendy’s mansion in Cheshire in August last year.

It was at that event that the complainant, who is 17, says she was attacked by Mr Mendy, 28, and co-accused Louis Saha Matturie, 41.

The two are currently on trial at Chester Crown Court, where they deny multiple sex offences against a string of young women.

Last week, the court heard that the 17-year-old had said to police that a 23-year-old woman, who also alleges Mr Matturie raped her, told her on the night she had sex with Mr Grealish, 27.

On Monday, in further police interviews she said Mr Matturie also mentioned to her the woman had “been together” with Mr Grealish.

Three or four of Mr Grealish’s friends from Birmingham came to the party after she earlier arrived in a taxi which followed a Range Rover in which Mr Grealish was a passenger, she said.

The complainant said his friends were “quite pleasant” and “quite normal”, and that there was “nothing suggestive or weird” in their conversation.

She said that later she saw Mr Grealish “fast asleep” in the house.

The complainant told detectives: “I remember him being quite drunk.”

She said the footballer and his friends did not do anything that made her feel uncomfortable.

The complainant said she had not previously met Mr Grealish and only “knew of him just off the TV”.

She confirmed to police that she did not have any sexual contact with Mr Grealish.

The detective asked: “Have you since that night told anybody if you had any physical contact with him?” She replied: “No.”

Prosecutors claim Mr Mendy is a “predator” who “turned the pursuit of women for sex into a game”.

Mr Matturie, his friend, was allegedly his “fixer” for finding young women for sex.

Mr Mendy denies seven counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault against six young women.

Mr Matturie, of Eccles, Salford, denies six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault relating to seven young women.

Both men say, if any sex did take place with women or girls, it was consensual.

The trial was adjourned until Tuesday morning.



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