Benjamin Mendy tells trial ‘I’m no Brad Pitt but women came on to me’

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He went on: “I know I’m not Brad Pitt, but women came on to me – not for my looks but because of football.” The star said it started when he played for Marseille and told the jury “it became 10 times more at Manchester City”.

The France international and World Cup winner, 28, denies seven rapes, one attempted rape and one sexual assault.

Mendy took the oath on the Koran at Chester Crown Court before answering questions from his barrister Eleanor Laws KC.

He said he visited nightclubs two or three times a week after joining City in 2017 and met woman there, many invited back to his £4.7million mansion in Cheshire.

Asked about his attitude to having casual sex with women he barely knew, Mendy explained: “I was direct about what I wanted and direct about what they wanted.

“At the time I was not thinking if they could be upset. If they wanted sex and I wanted sex, it was fine. I was enjoying sex with a lot of women.”

Mendy’s barrister then asked her client what he would do if a woman in his company said “no” to sex.

He replied: “I would be fine, accept it and I would stop. I like to have sex with someone who is enjoying it also.”

Asked about sleeping with more than one woman on the same night, he told the court: “For me, it was normal, but I realise now it sounds strange.”

The defender said his attitude toward women was “disrespectful”.

The jury heard his time spent in prison on remand awaiting trial made him reassess his lifestyle.

He told the court: “I had time to think about my life… inside I had some pain.”

His co-defendant and alleged fixer, Louis Saha Matturie, 41, from Eccles, Greater Manchester, denies six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault.

The trial continues.

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