Benjamin Mendy is a professional footballer who played for Manchester City and the French national team before his accusations of attempted rape with about 10 charges against him.
The French defender was accused of raping a 24-year-old woman at his home in Cheshire in October 2020 and was charged with attempted rape of a 29-year-old woman, who alleged that he had molested her at his home two years earlier.
Mendy denied both charges and was found not guilty by the jury of six men and six women and the court then ruled that both encounters had been consensual.
Mendy after pleading not guilty broke down in tears as the verdicts which declared his innocence, were read out by the jury foreman following a three-week trial and Chester Crown Court.
Judge Steven Everett said: “Mr Mendy can be discharged from the dock.
“The footballer, whose contract with Manchester City expired this month, was cleared at the earlier trial of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault, relating to four young women or teenagers.
But jurors failed to reach verdicts on two counts of rape and attempted rape, prompting a re-trial.
Could Benjamin Mendy quit his football career? One question journalists sought he answered.
Recall that Manchester City stopped paying the footballer reasons best known to them and finally he is innocent of the charges against him.
What next for Mendy going forward?