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Adam Johnson 'wanted to have sex' with 15-year-old girl

Johnson and his girlfriend Stacey Flounders arrive at Bradford Crown Court
Johnson and his girlfriend Stacey Flounders arrive at Bradford Crown Court

A school friend of a teenager who had a sexual encounter with England footballer Adam Johnson in his car said the girl involved told her that the player "wanted to have sex with her".

A jury was played a video recording of a police interview with the teenager, who explained how her friend told her about sex acts she allegedly performed in the former Sunderland winger's Range Rover.

The girl appeared on a screen at 28-year-old Johnson's trial at Bradford Crown Court and described how she was told about two meetings between the footballer and her friend, when the girls were 15.

She told the interviewing police officer how her friend told her about planning a third meeting with Johnson.

The teenager said: "He wanted to have sex with her, (her friend) told us."

Johnson has admitted grooming the girl's friend and has pleaded guilty to sexual activity with the same girl, relating to kissing in his car.

But the footballer denies two further charges of sexual activity, relating to alleged more serious sexual conduct with the same girl.

Her friend told the officers in the video interview: "I thought it was a bit weird she was meeting up with a grown man."

This teenager also said in her interview that her friend told her Johnson had given her £50 for a trip to London and said she used the money to buy underwear for her friends.

But she said she did not believe her. The teenager involved in the allegations has already told the court she was not serious when she talked about the £50 and stressed there was no third meeting with the footballer.

Another of the teenager's friends told the jury how she was with her friend before she went to meet Johnson on January 30, last year, and met up with her friend again when she got out of the footballer's car.

Also in a video interview, she said her friend was "more excited - not excited for something, just excited - in a good mood, really".

The teenager said: "I asked her if anything had happened as I'd seen messages before asking for a bit of a feel."

She then explained how her friend described a sex act that had allegedly taken place between her and Johnson.

"She seemed excited about it at first but she started to realise what she'd done because he had a girlfriend," she said.

In her police interview, the girl told the officer how, at first, she did not believe her best friend "because he's a footballer, he's famous and she's only 15".

But she explained that she changed her mind after seeing a message Johnson sent to her friend which said: "Just wanted to get your pants off".

The girl told the officer: "That's why I know something had happened between them for definite."

Giving live evidence over a video-link in court, the girl told the jury: "She (her friend) said that they talked on Snapchat and he'd asked her to send a naked picture and that's all I can remember about it."

The trial continues on Thursday.