Man City star Benjamin Mendy, 27, arrives at court in police van to face four rape and one sexual assault charge against three different women
- Benjamin Mendy, 27, is charged with four counts of rape and one sexual assault
- He has been driven by police van from HMP Altcourse to Chester Crown Court
- Mendy has not been asked to enter a plea yet but is understood to deny charges
Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has arrived in court to face rape charges.
The 27-year-old, who is charged with four counts of rape and one sexual assault, was seen at Chester Crown Court ahead of his appearance.
He is understood to have been in HMP Altcourse awaiting this next hearing.
Earlier this month, a bail application was made at Chester Crown Court in a hearing held behind closed doors, which lasted about 50 minutes.
Benjamin Mendy, 27, is charged with four counts of rape and one sexual assault by police
Benjamin Mendy has not been asked to enter a plea yet but is understood to deny charges
Mendy, who also plays for the French national team, did not attend court on that occasion.
Honorary Recorder of Chester Judge Steven Everett refused the application, a court spokesman said.
Mendy is charged with attacks on three different women, including one under 18, at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire.
Three of the rapes are alleged to have taken place in October 2020 and he is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in early January this year.
He has been driven by police van from HMP Altcourse to Chester Crown Court for the hearing
He is also charged with raping a woman last month.
The footballer, who has been suspended by the club pending investigation, is due to appear at Chester Crown Court today.
A second man, aged 40, was arrested on suspicion of rape as part of the police investigation into the allegations but was released on bail, Cheshire Constabulary said.