Benjamin Mendy has been found not guilty at Chester Crown Court of one count rape and one of attempted rape. The World Cup winner wept in the dock as he was unanimously acquitted after jurors deliberated for about three hours and 15 minutes after a two week trial.
He faced a potential jail sentence if he was found guilty of the allegations which were said to have been committed at his Cheshire mansion.
The 28-year-old played for Manchester City at the time of the offences, but his contract has since expired.
The allegations were said to have occurred at his luxury home near Prestbury in October 2018 and October 2020.
Mr Mendy was accused of trying to rape one woman, known as Woman One in reports of the case, in October 2018 after she had been invited back to Mendy’s home by a friend of the footballer.
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