Benjamin Mendy was found not guilty of raping four women and sexually assaulting another during lockdown parties at his Cheshire mansion.
Why it matters
The case is significant because it involved a high-profile footballer and allegations of sexual assault and rape. The verdict highlights the difficulty of proving sexual assault and rape cases in court.
What the papers say
The Guardian, The Telegraph
How we got here
Benjamin Mendy was arrested on 11 November 2020 and charged with eight counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault against seven complainants. The trial lasted five months and the jury was unable to reach verdicts on one charge of rape and one charge of attempted rape. Mendy will face a retrial in the summer over the two outstanding charges.
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