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Benjamin Mendy Cleared Of Rape Charges

Following a six-month trial, a jury in the UK on Friday exonerated Manchester City and France midfielder Benjamin Mendy of six charges of rape and one count of sexual assault against four women.

A seventh accusation of rape and one of attempted rape were not decided by the jury of seven men and four women.

Later, the prosecution said that they will ask for a new trial on those counts.

“We have made a decision today, which is to proceed on these counts in two separate trials,” prosecutor Matthew Conway told Chester Crown Court.

As the findings were announced, Mendy, 28, who had contested all nine of the charges against the six women, covered his face with both hands and rocked back and forth.

Judge Steven Everett promptly ordered June 26 as the beginning of a fresh trial for the two charges on which the jury was unable to reach consensus.

“It is not unusual that jurors don’t reach verdicts on some counts. You have to be true to your duty,” Everett said as he thanked them and excused them from any future jury service for seven years.

The jury had been deliberating since early December after beginning to hear the case in August of last year, with a lengthy hiatus during the Christmas and new year holidays.

Mendy was charged with three charges of rape involving two teens, along with 41-year-old suspected “fixer” Louis Saha Matturie, who was found not guilty by the jury.

Three allegations of rape and three counts of sexual assault brought against him by five additional women were also dismissed by the jury.

At parties held at Matturie’s opulent house, the prosecution claimed that Mendy was a sexual “predator” who raped or abused young ladies who had been lured there by Matturie.

Mendy has denied ever forcing any woman into sex and both said any sexual activity they had with women was consensual.

A statement from Mendy’s club Manchester City said: “Given there are open matters related to this case, the club is not in a position to comment further at this time.”

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