MANCHESTER City star Benjamin Mendy has been released on bail ahead of his rape trial.

The left-back, 27, has been remanded in custody since his first court appearance in August.

Mendy is accused of sex attacks

He is accused of seven counts of rape and one of sexual assault against five women aged over 16.

Mendy has now been freed on bail following a hearing at Chester Crown Court.

He had spent Christmas at top-security prison Strangeways after being moved from Category B jail HMP Altcourse.

Judge Patrick Thompson granted him bail in a private hearing today with a list of “stringent” conditions.

The ace must surrender his passport, live at his home address, and make no contact with complainants.

He will next appear at the same court on January 24 ahead of a provisional trial date in June.

Mendy was last month charged with a seventh rape count.

The fresh offence relates to a new complainant and is alleged to have taken place in July this year.

Mendy was already facing six rape counts against four women when the new charge was added.

One of these was carried out on August 23 – just three days before he was charged, it is said.

It is the second rape Mendy allegedly committed while on police bail after his arrest in November.

Mendy is also accused of raping a woman three times at Cheshire mansion in October last year. 

The footballer allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in early January 2021.

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