Woman who accused Benjamin Mendy of rape seen dancing with Manchester City footballer hours after alleged attack, court told

A woman who has accused Premier League footballer Benjamin Mendy of rape was dancing with him hours after the alleged attack, a court has been told.

CCTV footage from inside a club on the day of the alleged rape showed the woman dancing against the Manchester City left-back.

Other footage was also played to a jury at Chester Crown Court, which showed the woman putting her hand on the 28-year-old’s neck as they appeared to exchange words on the dance floor.

Earlier that day in July 2021, the court was told that Mendy raped the woman during a gathering at his mansion in Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire.

In a police interview played to the court, the woman said he tried to “debate” her into having into sex and despite giving him “every excuse”, she had to “give in”.

Eleanor Laws QC, who is acting for the footballer, questioned the woman over the footage and suggested she was “physically comfortable” with Mendy despite the alleged attack.

“I would not say that I was physically comfortable in his company, I had just not processed everything that had happened,” the woman said.

“I was very drunk and I was just doing what everyone else was doing – I was acting like nothing had happened.”

Louis Saha Matturie is accused of eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault

Ms Laws QC continued: “Nobody in that club would suggest to you that you had to rub your bottom and dance towards someone you didn’t want to.”

“No,” the woman responded.

She later explained: “I was dancing with everyone, everyone was dancing with everyone.”

Another clip was playing which appeared to show the woman approaching Mendy and talking to him as he left the club.

The jury was told that she went back to the footballer’s home two days later after being invited by another man but Mendy was not there.

Ms Laws QC said: “You would not want to go anywhere near there after what happened.”

The woman replied: “Not on my own, no.”

Mendy denies eight counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault against seven young women.

Co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie, 41, the footballer’s friend and fixer, is alleged to have had the job of finding young women for sex.

Matturie, of Eccles, Salford, denies eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault relating to eight young women.

Both men say any sex was consensual.

The trial continues.

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