Published on 16 Nov 2021 6:54 pm (UK Time)
Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has been charged with two additional counts of rape, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.
Mr Mendy, of Prestbury, has been summonsed to appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old footballer, who remains in custody, is now facing six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
The charges relate to four complainants over the age of 16 and are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021.Embed from Getty Images
The France left-back was originally charged on Aug. 26 with alleged attacks on three different women between October 2020 and August 2021 and was denied bail for a second time at the start of October. Mendy has not yet formally entered a plea but his lawyer said the player has denied the allegations.
The CPS also said it had authorised Cheshire Police to charge Louis Saha Matturie, 40, with two additional counts of rape and one of sexual assault. Both men will appear at the Stockport Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
Cheshire Police said: “Cheshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service would like to remind everyone that criminal proceedings against Matturie and Mendy are live and that they have a right to a fair trial.”
Mendy joined City from Monaco in 2017 and has made 75 appearances for the club. After starting the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on the opening weekend of the season, he was an unused substitute for the 5-0 win over Norwich City on Aug. 21.
Mendy, whose trial is due to begin at Chester Crown Court on Jan. 24, 2022, has been suspended by City, pending an investigation.
He is currently on remand at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool.