Benjamin Mendy signs for new club after not guilty verdict in rape trial
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Benjamin Mendy has signed for a new club after he was found not guilty of rape and attempted rape.
Last week, the 28-year-old was found not guilty on one count of rape and one count of attempted rape at Chester Crown Court.
He was accused of attacking two women during a party that took place back in October 2020.
After three hours of deliberation, the jurors cleared Mendy of both charges.
Mendy was released by Manchester City last month upon the expiration of his contract at the Etihad Stadium.
Now, it has been confirmed that he has signed for French Ligue 1 side Lorient.
Mendy has signed a two-year deal with the club ahead of the 23/24 season.
A statement from Lorient read: “FC Lorient is pleased to announce today the signing for two seasons of French international left-back Benjamin Mendy.
“After having satisfied the traditional medical examination, Benjamin Mendy, world champion 2018, quadruple winner of the Premier League under the colors of Manchester City and French champion of Ligue 1 with Monaco in particular, comes to reinforce the Lorient workforce for this new season.
“The native of Longjumeau, who will wear number 5 with the Merlus, will take his first steps at Espace FCL today. Welcome Benjamin!”
After the verdict was made last week, the head of serious and general crime at Hickman & Rose solicitors, Jenny Wiltshire said: "Benjamin Mendy would like to thank the members of the jury for focussing on the evidence in this trial, rather than on the rumour and innuendo that have followed this case from the outset.
"This is the second time that Mr Mendy has been tried and found not guilty by a jury. He is delighted that both juries reached the correct verdicts.
"It has been almost three years since the police started investigating this matter. Mr Mendy has tried to remain strong but the process has, inevitably had a serious impact on him.
"He thanks everyone who has supported him throughout this ordeal and now asks for privacy so he can begin rebuilding his life."