Ex-Man City star Benjamin Mendy found not guilty of rape and attempted rape after re-trial
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Former Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy has been found not guilty of one count of rape and one of attempted rape.
The 28-year-old has been subject to a re-trial at Chester Crown Court after a jury could not agree on verdicts on the two counts. He was found not guilty of sexual offences alleged by other women when the first trial ended in January.
The Frenchman officially left City on July 1 when his Etihad contract expired.
Following the verdicts, a statement was read out on Mendy's behalf.
Jenny Wiltshire, from Hickman & Rose said: “Benjamin Mendy would like to thank the members of the jury for focusing on the evidence in this trial, rather than on the rumour and innuendo that have followed this case from the outset. This is the second time that Mr Mendy has been tried and found not guilty by a jury. He is delighted that both juries reached the correct verdicts.
“It has been almost three years since the police started investigating this matter. Mr Mendy has tried to remain strong but the process has, inevitably had a serious impact on him. He thanks everyone who has supported him throughout this ordeal and now asks for privacy so he can begin rebuilding his life.”