Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy charged with rape and sexual assault

The French international will appear in court on Friday charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault

A Premier League footballer has been charged with rape and sexual assault, according to Cheshire police.

French international and Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy, 27, will appear in court on Friday.

At a glance: the key points

  • Cheshire Police confirmed on Thursday (26 September) that Benjamin Mendy has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault
  • Mendy is due to appear at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday and has been remanded in custody until then
  • Police say the charges relate to three complainants, all over the age of 16, which are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and this month
  • Manchester City has suspended Mendy pending an investigation  

What’s been said?

In a statement, Cheshire Constabulary said: “The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised Cheshire Constabulary to charge a man in connection with allegations of sexual assault.

“Benjamin Mendy, aged 27, has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

“The charges relate to three complainants over the age of 16 and are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021.

“Mendy, of Withinlee Road, Prestbury, has been remanded in police custody and is set to appear at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27 August.

“Cheshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service would like to remind everyone that criminal proceedings against Mendy are live and that he has a right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice ongoing proceedings.”

A spokesperson for Manchester City said: “Manchester City can confirm that following his being charged by police today, Benjamin Mendy has been suspended pending an investigation.

“The matter is subject to a legal process and the Club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete.”