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A woman who says she was raped by Man City footballer’s friend Benjamin Mendy, after his 19th birthday, has ‘posted five photos from the party online three days later’ because they were ‘good memories’

A woman who says she was raped by Man City footballer’s friend Benjamin Mendy, after his 19th birthday, has ‘posted five photos from the party online three days later’ because they were ‘good memories’

A woman who claimed she was raped by Manchester City footballer, friend and fixer of Benjamin Mendy, has denied making up the accusation because she was ’embarrassed’ about having sex with an older man, has said a court Thursday, September 15.

She told the Mendy rape trial that she was attacked by Louis Saha Matturie, 41, after going to her apartment with a friend to celebrate her 19th birthday in March 2021.

Ms Lisa Wilding, lawyer for Matturie, suggested the complainant had told friends that her alleged rapist, known as Saha, was “about 40 with wrinkles”.

The lady agreed that she could have said that but had no “accurate” memory.

Attorney Wilding said: “You said he was ugly and not someone you would have sex with or be physically attracted to.” You were trying to justify why you were having sex because you didn’t find him attractive.

“I suggest you say all these things because you wanted your friends to think you wouldn’t have consented to have sex with him.”

The witness answered: “No. I don’t care what they think.

Ms Wilding said she flirted with Matturie in the Salford flat before the pair moved to the bedroom where they were ‘enjoying’ consensual sex.

Ms Wilding said: “The next morning you were embarrassed that you had sex with a man you had only met that night.”

The witness replied, “No, I was shocked by what had happened to me.

Ms Wilding said: ‘By the time you left the bedroom it was determined in your mind that you had been raped.

The complainant replied: ‘I hadn’t really accepted it, but I knew something was wrong. I came to accept it later but I knew something was wrong when I left.

“I had passed out and then I had a memory of what had happened to me but it was not full. It was like a blur.

The witness was asked why she posted five photos from her birthday party three days after the alleged rape.

She said: “It was my 19th birthday again and above all there were good memories. I do not see why.

The witness also claimed that she had warned the friend who had accompanied her to the apartment not to return there because “I knew what kind of man he was”.

The friend, who also claims she was raped by Matturie in the apartment three weeks later, told the court in a video interview that the witness was not interested in him because “she thought he was ugly”.

The plaintiff told the court she had accepted that she had been on ADHD medication since she was 15 and that he sometimes reacted with the alcohol to make her feel “hyper and more emotional”.

Two friends said the witness “looked awful” when she returned to the apartment where her birthday party had been held.

A male friend said in a statement read to the jury: ‘She looked awful and looked very withdrawn. She said she had been raped and she appeared quite distant and anxious when she told us what had happened.

“She said she didn’t want to go tell the police, she wanted to forget about it.”

Mendy, 28, denies seven rapes, one attempted rape and a sexual assault while his friend Matturie, denies six rapes and three sexual assaults.

The trial continues.

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