Police have arrested a second man in connection with an ongoing investigation into the rape of Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy.
The man, who is 40, was arrested on suspicion of rape and was released on bail pending further investigation, according to a Cheshire Police spokesman.
It follows news that World Cup winning left-back Mendy was facing the Cheshire Magistrates’ Court on Friday, charged with four charges of rape at his home and one charge of sexual assault.
Mendy, 27, who moved to the reigning champions for £52 million four years ago, is charged with committing one of the alleged rapes while on bail for the other four offences.
The incidents reportedly took place at the defender’s £5million home in Prestbury, Cheshire between October 2020 and August 2021, with one alleged victim under the age of 18.
Judge Jack McGarva has rejected Mendy’s bail request, meaning he will spend the next two weeks behind bars until his upcoming trial date on September 10.
Manchester City have also, on charges of Mendy, launched their own investigation into his actions and have suspended him pending legal proceedings.
Benjamin Mendy is pictured on August 12 with his teammates at The Ivy in Manchester
Mendy, 27, is pictured in a prison van wearing a red Balenciaga hoodie as he exits Chester Magistrates’ Court after being taken into custody
Photographers take pictures through the windows of a prison van with Mendy on Friday
The French defender, who was suspended by Manchester City this week after being charged, appeared in Chester Magistrates court on Friday to face the charges.
He arrived in a prison van under police escort.
Mendy of Prestbury, Cheshire, dressed in a red Balenciaga hoodie and black sweatpants, stood in the wharf with his arms folded as the charges were brought against him. He spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth and did not enter any pleas.
The footballer, who arrived at the court in a prison van under police escort, is facing five charges related to three alleged complainants, one of whom is under the age of 18.
A prison officer prepares a prison bus for the Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday afternoon
A prison officer helps a prison bus driver back up outside Chester Magistrates’ Court
Police said all three alleged complainants were over 16. The proceedings in court yesterday were sent back to the French international via an interpreter.
Mendy earns £90,000 a week and lives in a £5million mansion in Prestbury, an upmarket village near Manchester that is popular with fellow professional footballers.
He faces three charges of rape at his home in Prestbury in October 2020, and the assault of a woman at his home in early January this year.
Mendy will also be charged this month with the rape of a woman, including at his home.
A charge of violating the bail conditions was on the court’s list but was dropped by the court. He was alleged to have violated the conditions in August after being released on July 26.
Fourteen reporters were in court for the hearing, which was postponed due to the arrival of the French interpreter.
A Man City spokesperson said: “Manchester City can confirm that Benjamin Mendy, after being charged by police, has been suspended pending an investigation.
“The matter is subject to legal proceedings and the club cannot comment further until that process is completed.”
Benjamin Mendy plays for Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur in London on August 15
Mendy’s legal team arrives at Chester Magistrates’ Court in Cheshire on Friday morning
A legal team representing Benjamin Mendya arrives at the Chester Magistrates’ Court
Footballer Benjamin Mendy arrives at Chester Magistrates Court under police escort
Mendy arrives Friday morning in a prison van at Chester Magistrates Court in Cheshire
District Judge Jack McGarva sent the case to Chester Crown Court, where Mendy is due to appear on Sept. 10.
Mendy showed no emotion as he was removed from the court along with two dockside officers at the end of the hearing, which lasted about an hour.
He has been remanded in custody at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool and was taken in a prison van while photographers took pictures of him through the windows.
Earlier, Mendy arrived at Chester Magistrates’ Court in another GeoAmey prison vehicle. The DAF van was escorted by a Peugeot 308 police car before entering the courthouse through an open red hatch door, which was then closed.
Sports post revealed in November that a Premier League star had been arrested on suspicion of rape but was unable to reveal his identity for legal reasons.
The DAF bus is accompanied by a Peugeot 308 police car before entering the court
The defender arrives Friday morning at Chester Magistrates’ Court at a GeoAmey prison of
The van enters the building through an open red hatch door before closing behind it
Shutter door shuts behind prison bus after it arrives at court on Friday morning
Yesterday, a spokesman for Cheshire Constabulary said the Crown Prosecution Service had authorized the force to charge Mendy in connection with the alleged sexual assaults, which involved three female complainants over the age of 16.
The spokesman said: ‘Benjamin Mendy, 27, has been charged with four counts of rape and one of assault.
The charges relate to three complainants over the age of 16 and allegedly took place between October 2020 and August 2021.
“Mendy, of Prestbury, has been remanded in custody and will appear in Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday, August 27.”
He added: ‘Cheshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service would like to remind everyone that the criminal proceedings against Mendy are live and that he is entitled to a fair trial.
Mendy is due to appear before Chester Magistrates’ Court in Cheshire on Friday morning
A darkened Mercedes vehicle waits outside Chester Magistrates’ Court Friday afternoon
“It is extremely important that there is no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online that could in any way harm the ongoing proceedings.”
Mendy was part of France’s World Cup-winning team in 2018, but did not play in the final. He has made 75 appearances for Manchester City since taking over from Monaco in 2017.
He played in Manchester City’s first two games this season, but sat on the bench for last weekend’s league win over Norwich City.