Second man charged as part of investigation into Benjamin Mendy rape allegations
A second man has been charged as part of the inquiry into allegations of rape against Benjamin Mendy.
Manchester City defender Mendy was denied bail after being charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault last month.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has now authorised Cheshire Constabulary to charge a second man in connection with allegations of sexual assault.
Louis Saha Matturie, aged 40, has been charged with four counts of rape.
The charges relate to three complainants over the age of 16 and are alleged to have taken place between April 2021 and August 2021.
In a statement last month, Cheshire Constabulary confirmed a second man had been arrested: "We can confirm that we have arrested a second man, age 40, in connection to an ongoing investigation into sexual offences at an address in Cheshire.
"The man was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of rape and has been conditionally bailed pending further enquiries."
Mr Mendy appeared in court in August charged with four counts of rape.
Three of the alleged attacks are said to have taken place on a date in October 2020, while the fourth alleged offence was said to have happened last month.
The Frenchman arrived in a white police van, wearing black jogging bottoms and a red hoodie in the dock.
He is also charged with the sexual assault of a woman in January this year.
Premier League champions City suspended the player pending investigation after the allegations came to light.
In a statement, the club said: "Manchester City can confirm that following his being charged by police today, Benjamin Mendy has been suspended pending an investigation.
"The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete."
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