RAPE charge footballer Benjamin Mendy had a meltdown in prison — after mistakenly believing he was going to be locked up on a VIP wing for celebrities and sports stars.
Mendy, 27, was transported to tough HMP Altcourse on Friday after appearing in court charged with four counts of rape and one of sexual assault.
The Manchester City defender was shocked to learn that he was not being allowed to return to his £5million mansion in Cheshire.
When he arrived at the Category B jail in Liverpool he was told he was going to be put on the VP wing.
It is to keep vulnerable prisoners, including sex offender suspects, away from the main prison population.
But 2018 World Cup winner Mendy misunderstood prison staff and thought he was going to the VIP wing.
The source said: “When Mendy arrived staff explained he was going to be kept on the VP wing for his own safety.
“But perhaps because he is French and his English isn’t great, he misunderstood what they had said and thought he was being taken to a VIP wing for celebrities. “He had a rude awakening when he saw the cell and realised who he was going to be mixing with.
“He wasn’t happy and it was a very sobering experience for him.”
Independent prison monitors have previously warned that suspected sex offenders at HMP Altcourse have been regularly verbally abused by other lags in the privately run 1,033-capacity jail.
Mendy is alleged to have attacked three different women — including one under the age of 18 — at his home in Prestbury over ten months.
He was denied bail at a court appearance last week.
The left back, who joined City in 2017 in a £52million move from Monaco, has not entered a plea in court but is understood to strenuously deny the charges.
He will appear at Chester crown court on September 10.