Premier League footballer Benjamin Mendy has told a court he enjoys “having sex with many women”.
On Monday, the player, who is accused of seven counts of rape, told his trial at Chester Crown Court that it was “quite easy, to be honest” for him to meet women for sex. .
But the 28-year-old France international said being in prison on remand over the charges had forced him to “learn a lot about life”.
Dressed in a navy blue suit, white shirt and tie, Mendy said he started getting attention from women when he was 18 and playing for Marseille.
When Eleanor Laws KC was asked, defending, if she realized why, she said: “At first, no, but later, yes. Because of the status.”
When he joined Manchester City in 2017, he said, the focus became “10 times greater”.
He said: “The way they came to me, it’s not because of my looks, it’s because of football.”
Asked about his attitude towards having sex with women, he said: “At the time I wasn’t thinking about how they were feeling or how they might be upset because, for me, if They wanted to have sex and I wanted to,
Everything was fine and I will continue my party.”
He said he was enjoying “sex with many women”.
But, he said if a woman said “no” he would be “okay, I’ll accept it and I’ll stop”.
The World Cup winner said he was “not worried” about using contraception even though he “knew the risks”.
He said it was “normal” for him to sleep with different women on the same night.
When asked why he had parties with women he didn’t know after his initial arrest, Mindy said: “I didn’t do anything wrong so I was just like, carry on. “
Ms Laws said: “Is that something you regret now?”
Mandy replied: “Yes.”
He said: “It made me realize a lot of things when I was in prison.
“The party I was having, I had some pain inside.”
He told the court that he had been injured several times while in the city.
When asked to speak during her evidence, Mindy said she was “embarrassed” talking about sex.
She said: “More embarrassing, like when you ask me a question I can’t shout ‘yes I like sex’ because it sounds weird.”
Mendy was in prison on remand from August to January last year, the jury was told.
He said: “All my life I never had time to think about what I was doing.
“I was alone when I went there. You sit all day, all you can think about.”
Asked what he thought of women now, he said: “I didn’t know I could hurt their feelings if we were both okay with sex.”
He said he realized the way he sometimes talked about women was “disrespectful”.
Mindy told the court that prison was the first time in his life that he was working at something other than football and earned £4 a day which he spent in the canteen.
He said: “At first I was really cautious, like ‘I need to buy this but I can’t have it if I get it’. The life I had before, the things I wanted to have, I bought it.
“So that taught me the value of money.”
He added: “I was sad and upset going there but at the same time I learned a lot about life and the way it was.”
Mandy denies seven counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexually assaulting six young women.
His friend and ‘fixer’ Louis Saha Metori, 41, of Eccles, Salford, denies six counts of rape and three counts of sexually assaulting seven young women.
The trial, which began in August, will continue on Tuesday.