Benjamin Mendy, a Manchester City defender, was permitted to skip his pre-trial hearing despite facing a slew of sex crime allegations, including seven counts of rape.

Benjamin Mendy, a Manchester City footballer, has been granted permission to skip his next court appearance ahead of his imminent trial for a series of alleged sex offenses.

Mendy, 27, of Prestbury, Cheshire, is accused of a total of nine crimes involving six alleged victims, including seven instances of rape.

On July 25, the France international will stand trial alongside his co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, who is facing similar charges.

Judge Steven Everett, the Honorary Recorder of Chester, presided over administrative and evidential matters that cannot be reported on Thursday, April 21.

Both defendants were excused from the hearing, which lasted around 20 minutes, because they were on bond.

Mendy is accused of seven counts of rape involving four women, one case of sexual assault, and one count of attempted rape.

Matturie, 40, of Eccles, Salford, is charged with ten charges of rape involving five women and three acts of sexual assault involving three people.

All of the charges date from late 2020 to August 2021, and both individuals were arrested on August 26 of last year.

Legally, none of the women can be identified.

Mendy has been a Manchester City player since 2017, when he moved for an estimated £52 million from Monaco.

After being charged by the police, he was suspended by the club.

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