Girl: Johnson knew she was 15

February 16, 2016
Adam Johnson

BRADFORD, England (AP)

A girl told police that England football international Adam Johnson knew she was aged 15 before they engaged in sexual activity in his car, a court heard Monday.

A video recording of a police interview with the girl was played at a court in Bradford, northern England, where Johnson is on trial after denying two counts of sexual activity with a child.

Johnson, who was fired by English club Sunderland last week, has already pleaded guilty to grooming and another charge of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

Asked in the interview what Johnson knew about her, the girl said he knew how old she was, what school year she was in, and where she sat at Sunderland matches. She said Johnson also knew her date of birth.

The girl broke down in tears later yesterday while she was being cross-examined live over a video link by the lawyer defending Johnson.

She had been questioned over why she asked friends to lie about what allegedly happened with Johnson.

?I was scared that people wouldn?t believe me,? the girl said.

Johnson has played 12 times for England, and also at club level for Manchester City and Middlesbrough.

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