Premier League footballer Benjamin Mendy is a ‘predator’ who raped women at his ‘secluded’ mansion in Cheshire, England, thinking they were ‘objects to be used for sexual purposes and thrown aside’, court heard .
Mendy, 28, is charged with eight counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault.
In one case, Mendy allegedly took the victim’s phone and started looking through intimate photos she had stored on her phone. When she tried to return it, he told her: “I will return your phone if you undress,” the court said.
The woman remained in her underwear and went to get the phone when Mendy approached her from behind and raped her three times, prosecutors said, despite the woman’s protests.
In another case, at Mendy’s mansion in Cheshire, a woman had to clench her knees to prevent him from raping her, the court was told.
The Manchester City footballer has been charged along with Louis Saa Mattouri, who was described in court as “the lawyer who found young women for Mendy”.
Matthews, 40, has been charged with eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault. Both men deny the charges against them.
A woman who stayed at Mendy’s house after a pool party allegedly woke up when he raped her. When a forensic examination examined her underwear, DNA from both Mendy and Saha Matthuri was found, although the woman did not remember having sex with Saha Matthuri.
Counsel for the prosecution, Timothy Cray, told Chester Crown Court that both defendants believed “their victims’ feelings and emotions don’t matter at all”.
“To them, these women were disposable sex items thrown aside,” Cray added.
He told the court that 13 different women would be heard in court accusing Mendy and Sakha Mattouri of rape or sexual assault.
Most of the alleged crimes took place at Mendy’s mansion in Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire between October 2019 and August 2021.
The court learned that the location and layout of the house helped Mendy isolate the women and make them more vulnerable to his advances.
“I was isolated,” Cray said. “About 17 miles [27,3 kilómetros] south of Manchester city centre. If you arrive and have never been there and the big old doors are closed behind you, you might feel vulnerable.
Cray said when the women arrived at the house, some of their phones were taken from them.
Other women were taken to rooms they believed were locked, some were intoxicated, and “there is evidence that the defendants wanted the women to be intoxicated,” Cray continued.
The two women were held in the office and master bedroom before Mandy raped them. The jurors were shown videos of the doors of these rooms and were told that the locks could turn them into “panic rooms” if the house was robbed.
Thanks to an unusual security system, the jury demonstrated that the rooms have two handles on each door. The doors could only be opened if both handles were turned at the same time, meaning that someone could be trapped inside if they pulled only one handle to try and get out.
In addition, “the difference in age and wealth between the defendants and the women” made them vulnerable, Cray said.
“The general position of the defendants was that any woman … as soon as the door closed behind her, well, that woman was available for sex.”
Mendy and Saha Mattouri are “predators who are ready to commit serious sexual crimes” and “will not take no for an answer,” the prosecution said in its opening statement.
“They were able to build, create situations where “no” for the women in question did not even seem like an option,” the court heard.
The court was also told that the woman was attacked when she came to the house to visit someone other than Mendy or Sakha Mattouri.
The other woman was 17 when the attack took place. The defendants, the prosecution argued, did not care “whether the witness was more or less busy with her business in Mendy’s kitchen, or whether the woman was clearly distraught.”
Saha Matturi also allegedly “impersonated someone else” during sex, the court heard.
“A girl wakes up and it’s him having sex with her, not the person he thought was in bed with her,” Cray said.
The accused couple believed that “all of these women who showed up at the address were available for intercourse,” Cray said.
The trial continues.