Girl accuses Adam Johnson of making her out to be a liar

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The teenage girl at the centre of the Adam Johnson scandal has told a court of her hatred for the former Sunderland footballer.

Appearing via video-link, she told Bradford Crown Court that Johnson has “made her out to be a liar” following a sexual encounter in his car.

Johnson is on trial accused of two counts of sexual activity with a child and will return to the dock at 10 am on Wednesday as day four gets underway.


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Asked by Orlando Pownall QC, defending Johnson, if she had “absolute hatred” for the one-time England international, the teenager responded, per the Chronicle: “Yes I do after all he has put me through.

“He made me out to be a liar and told everyone he was innocent.

“He let people cheer him on for matches and call me all the names under the sun.”

Teen admits she had been 'bigging herself up'

According to BBC News, the girl was in tears for much of her evidence and explained she had been “bigging herself up” with messages to friends on social media.

Mr Pownall referred to one Snapchat message, posted to Facebook, which said: "He's picking me up this week and I'm riding him."

"I was trying to big myself up as any 15-year-old girl would,” she explained. "When you idolise someone and that happens to you, you're not thinking at the time."

The schoolgirl, when asked whether she was just trying to protect herself, added: "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."

But she insists that she did not want to get Johnson into trouble: "I didn't want that to happen to him. I saw myself as playing a part in it as well, I thought I'd done wrong too."

Johnson described as 'a bit creepy'

The girl also told the jury that she thought the ex-Manchester City winger was “a bit creepy”.

She admitted telling a group of her friends on a Facebook chat group that she thought Johnson was weird - per the Chronicle - after he asked for her number.

“Yeah I did actually, because of some of the messages,” the girl replied when asked by Mr Pownall if she really thought Johnson was creepy. “I thought that when I told him my age he would have backed off. I mean who just asks for a random fan’s number?”

The trial continues.

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