Adam Johnson ‘made teenage victim out to be a liar’

A teenage girl has told a jury how she was no longer trying to protect England footballer Adam Johnson following a sexual encounter in his car because he made her out to be a liar.

The girl, now 16, has told Bradford Crown Court about sex acts that allegedly took place in the former Sunderland winger’s Range Rover when she was 15.

She has described how she did not mention some of the more serious activity at first because she was trying to protect the player. She was asked by Orlando Pownall QC, defending Johnson, whether she was still trying to protect the 28-year-old.

Appearing in court by video-link, the girl became upset and tearful as she said: “No, because he did nothing to protect me and he made me out to be a liar.”

Johnson has admitted one charge of sexual activity with a child in relation to the incident in the Range Rover on January 30, last year.

He has also pleaded guilty to grooming the girl. He denies two further counts of sexual activity with a child relating to the same incident which prosecutors have described as “more serious”.

Speaking through tears for much of her exchange with Mr Pownall, the girl claimed she had been “bigging herself up” with some messages to friends on social media.

Referring to one Snapchat message which was subsequently pasted into Facebook, Mr Pownall asked about her saying: “He’s picking me up this week and I’m riding him.”

The teenager said: “I was trying to big myself up as any 15-year-old girl would.”

Mr Pownall again asked the girl whether she was just trying to protect herself.

She said: “I wasn’t protecting myself. It made no difference to me whether they knew about me and Adam Johnson. It was him who was going to suffer for it.”

Mr Pownall asked the girl about the messages the pair exchanged before they first met in his car. The teenager said she found some of the messages “a bit creepy”.

Asked to clarify, she said: “I thought that when I told him my age he would have backed off. Who just asks for a random fan’s number?”

Later, the girl told the jury: “Someone texting a 15-year-old girl — they’re not completely normal.”

Mr Pownall asked the girl whether she “absolutely hated” Johnson now.

She said: “Yes, I do, after everything he’s put us through. He told everyone he was innocent and he made people call me a liar.”


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