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Adam Johnson trial: Teenage girl describes sexual encounter with England footballer

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A teenage girl has broken down as she explained to a jury how she tried to protect footballer Adam Johnson from losing everything after she had a sexual encounter with the England player in his car.

The girl, now 16, sobbed in Bradford Crown Court on Monday (Tuesday AEDT) as she was accused of lying about the incident which allegedly occurred in the 28-year-old former Sunderland winger's Range Rover car on January 30 last year.

A jury has been told that Johnson has admitted grooming the teenager and has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with her when she was 15.

But he denies two more serious counts of sexual activity with a child.

Appearing in court by video link, the girl broke down twice during questioning by Johnson's barrister, Orlando Pownall QC.


She became upset as she explained to Pownall how she began to panic when rumours began to circulate about what she and Johnson had done.

"I was concerned because I didn't want him to lose his career or anything," she said.

"I was worried about everyone finding out about it. I was trying to cover the whole thing up."

The girl sobbed as she explained what she had told her friends about what happened and Judge Jonathan Rose adjourned the case for the day.

Earlier, the judge took another break when the girl became extremely upset after Pownall asked her why she had asked friends to lie for her.

Just before the girl broke down, she told the barrister: "I didn't realise what had gone on was wrong."

Pownall opened his cross-examination of the girl by saying: "It is accepted that you have been seriously wronged by Adam Johnson."

Earlier, the jury was played two video recordings of police interviewing the girl about what happened to her.

In the first, the girl explained how she first met up with Johnson - who she said she idolised - on January 17 last year and he signed two Sunderland shirts for her.

She described how Johnson exchanged WhatsApp messages with her after their first meeting, saying "you owe me for this" and "am I going to get a thank you kiss?".

The teenager said that at the second meeting Johnson said to her: "I've come for my thank you kiss."

She said they started kissing and then: "He undid the button on my trousers. It took him a while to do that. He got his hand down my trousers. He started to put his hands in my knickers."

The girl then described to the officer further sexual activity between the pair.

The teenager told the officer that Johnson knew how old she was and added: "He asked me when I was 16."

The jury was played a second police interview during which the teenager described more serious alleged sexual contact between her and Johnson during the same meeting in his car.

The girl will continue giving evidence on Tuesday (local time).