Mendy trial: “He hugged me and asked me not to move”, the testimony of the 7th complainant, who accuses Mendy of rape

Mendy trial: "He hugged me and asked me not to move", the testimony of the 7th complainant, who accuses Mendy of rape

The trial of Benjamin Mendy and Louis Saha Matturie continued this Wednesday in Chester court. Jurors watched the video of the seventh applicant’s testimony accusing the Manchester City winger and his friend of raping him. A story that highlights the role that the soccer player’s co-defendant allegedly played.

After several days devoted to testimony and then very intense cross-examination of the sixth applicant, Benjamin Mendy’s trial continued in England on Wednesday. A seventh young woman thus accused the Manchester City and French national team footballer of rape in July 2021.

This new alleged victim would also have been sexually abused by the co-defendant of this high-profile case Louis Saha Matturie (no link to the former United footballer) the same night and then for the third time, a week later, in early August 2021.

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I had already seen Saha Matturie but did not know Mendy

As for the other accusers, the jurors first heard the testimony of the young woman through the dissemination of several video recordings by the police. A total of three recordings were played in the courtroom. A friend of the sixth complainant, the seventh alleged victim says she was invited to a pool party at Benjamin Mendy’s in July 2021. Before that night, she had never seen the Frenchman, but had already met Louis Saha Matturie at various parties with him in his apartment. on Chapel Street.

On the evening of the alleged double rape of which she claims to be a victim, the 7th complainant specifies that they all went to a nightclub in the center of Manchester before returning to the footballer’s home. “I was pretty drunk by this time of night, so I can’t remember everything,” the woman said.

Among the memories that flashed back to him, he remembered being in the pool. She then said that she found herself alone with Mendy in the living room. “She grabbed both my hands, she had sex, she grabbed me, she asked me not to move, she said it three or four times. I don’t remember what happened afterwards,” complainant 7 told the investigators again.

She says she woke up the next day, next to Mendy, then said she left the room without saying anything, looking for the sweatpants she was wearing the night before. Upon waking up next to Benjamin Mendy, she said she searched for the pants she had on the day before before finding them in the defender’s locked room … with no recollection of setting foot there during the night.

Saha Matturie’s role questioned

During her testimony to the police, the author was questioned about the course of her evening at a Manchester club prior to her alleged rape at Benjamin Mendy’s. In the act, the accuser claims not to have exchanged with the Frenchman but only with Louis Saha Matturie. The same after arriving to continue the evening at the Skyblues player’s house.

“I didn’t talk to him or dance with him or anything. I talked to Saha Matturie a little bit,” the alleged victim said in her taped testimony to investigators. […] At his house, I don’t remember talking to Ben.”

An alleged rape of Saha Matturie a week after Mendy’s

A week after his alleged sexual assault by Benjamin Mendy, the seventh applicant claims to have met Louis Saha Matturie and the sixth applicant in a box in Manchester. After another drunken evening at the club, the young woman says she accompanied the footballer’s relative to her apartment in the Mancunian town on Chapel Street. On the spot, she explained having taken “balloons” (meaning nitrous oxide in balloons). Feeling a bit euphoric and dizzy, Louis Saha Matturie allegedly raped her on a bed.

“While he was taking my ball, he pulled up my dress and then he continued to touch me and started having sex with me,” the seventh complainant said. “I don’t remember saying anything.”

Relaunched by the investigators to ask her how she had experienced this sexual relationship, the young woman continued: “I really don’t know, I was just in shock. She did not expect this to happen. I remember she grossed me out because she wasn’t there.” I was not attracted to her at all.” As if to better forget this incident, the alleged victim clarified that she had not spoken to anyone about it.

“Nice buttocks”, Mendy would have launched

As a result of this new alleged violation, the seventh applicant was invited to a new party at Benjamin Mendy’s house the following day. Invited by her friend, the sixth applicant, she went there but quickly wanted to leave. Eventually, she was watching an episode of the reality show Love Island in the movie theater of the soccer player’s mansion with other people. During the night, she finally found herself alone in her room with Louis Saha Matturie, who allegedly sexually assaulted her by grabbing her butt.

“Il était allongé sur moi, il attrapait mes fesses, mes jambes et tout le reste, at-elle encore raconté aux enquêteurs. Je n’ai rien vraiment dit. I thought that j’avais un peu peur de lui dire d’parar .”

Leaving the house, she found Benjamin Mendy in her kitchen who, according to her, would have dropped her “pretty buttocks”, which she says she ignored because she was too “disgusted”.

After this new traumatic night, the seventh applicant says that she continued to talk to Louis Saha Matturie. However, she told Benjamin Mendy’s relative that she did not feel safe enough to return to her mansion. Around the same time, the Frenchman’s arrest made headlines. During a telephone conversation with the co-defendant of the Manchester City and Blues defender, she said that she heard him cry and accuse the girls who had filed the complaint of wanting to earn money at the footballer’s expense.

“I don’t think a girl would make something like that up,” she would have replied then, according to the story she told the police. This is where Louis Saha Matturie would have cried saying “girls always do that and try to make us look bad”.

The complainant found the age difference with Saha Matturie strange

To explain that she had never given her consent to have a sexual relationship with Louis Saha Matturie, the seventh complainant highlighted the age difference between her and him. If the young woman is between 20 and 30 years old, the Englishman is already around forty and the alleged victim found it “strange” because “he is so old that we were so young.”

“[Qu’avez-vous trouvé étrange?, lui a été demandé] That he is interested in young girls, “replied the accuser during her testimony recorded by the police. After viewing the last recording made by the investigators, the trial was postponed until Thursday. The interrogation of the seventh complainant must then be carried out by La Benjamin Mendy’s attorney, Eleanor Laws.

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