Manchester Metropolis footballer Benjamin Mendy has denied mendacity to “save his personal pores and skin” over the alleged rape and sexual assault of a string of ladies.
The 28-year-old Premier League participant led a partying life-style, having intercourse with girls “inside seconds and minutes” of assembly them, Chester Crown Court docket heard.
Mendy is accused of being a “predator” who turned the pursuit of ladies for intercourse right into a recreation, prosecutors allege, frequently going clubbing in Manchester earlier than holding “after-parties” the place younger girls have been invited again to his
Cheshire mansion and sexually assaulted.
He denies rape and sexual assaults on six girls and instructed the jury any sexual contact was all the time consensual.
Mendy sat within the witness field with a French interpreter beside him as Timothy Cray KC, prosecuting, started cross-examination of the defendant.
Mendy mentioned that, after his arrest for rape, he had time to assume in jail and realised his life was going “badly improper” and the way in which he was having intercourse with a number of girls was unhealthy for him and would possibly “upset” the ladies.
Mr Cray mentioned: “It is an issue for you. Inside seconds, minutes, of assembly some girls who you already know nothing about, you’ll be having intercourse with them.
“You have been having intercourse with girls with none considered contraception. You are having intercourse with girls who your mates had simply had intercourse with, or have been about to have intercourse with.
“However the furthest you might be keen to go, by way of harm, is all you will have accomplished is harm some girls’s emotions?”
Mendy replied: “Now I realise, sure.”
“Nicely assist us with this,” Mr Cray continued. “Has something that any of them mentioned made you assume, ‘Are you aware what, I may need bought a few of these acts of mine actually badly improper?’
“As we listened to what the ladies have been saying, have you ever had this thought: ‘Perhaps I ought to’ve taken extra thought to see whether or not they actually have been consenting?”‘
Mendy replied: “It was all consensual.”
Mr Cray continued: “In your case, there is not any room for mistake or misunderstanding with what you might be doing with the six girls. They’ve that utterly improper.
“Or, you bought it utterly improper and you might be mendacity? You’re mendacity to avoid wasting your individual pores and skin?”
“No,” Mendy replied.
Mendy denied that he won’t make “good choices” or misjudge issues when drunk.
Mr Cray then confirmed the jury a video clip of CCTV taken from Mendy’s house in Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire.
Recorded at 4.42am on August 23 final 12 months, it confirmed Mendy getting back from clubbing in Manchester for an after-party at his mansion the place he later allegedly raped a 17-year-old woman who additionally went again to his home.
Within the clip Mendy is seen staggering round a Vary Rover automobile, additionally containing Metropolis team-mate Jack Grealish, his trousers low over his bottom and sporting a head scarf.
Mr Cray continued: “Are you sporting some type of scarf? You possibly can’t even stroll straight. When you find yourself like that, do not you agree, you would possibly get issues improper, for instance about whether or not a woman desires you or not?”
“No,” replied Mendy.
The jury heard that, shortly after arriving again on the home, co-accused Louis Saha Matturie left with a woman, aged 23, to purchase £150 of alcohol from a neighborhood storage to hold on partying.
On the way in which again he’s alleged to have raped the 23-year-old within the automobile.
In a while Mendy additionally had consensual intercourse with the identical lady after he had allegedly raped the 17-year-old in his house workplace and trophy room, the place Mr Grealish was later discovered asleep by different party-goers, the court docket heard.
Mr Cray continued: “I requested you at first: do you assume, with that a lot drink, having intercourse with ladies you will have by no means met would possibly simply be harmful territory, the place you may make errors as to what they actually needed?”
“No,” replied the defendant.
Mendy denies seven counts of rape, one rely of tried rape and one rely of sexual assault towards six girls.
Matturie, 41, of Eccles, Salford, denies six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault referring to seven younger girls.
The trial was adjourned till Wednesday.