Saturday 7 December 2019

Footballer admits exposing himself for photo in front of sleeping teenager

Shenai Raif

A FOOTBALLER told a court today that he had exposed himself in front of a sleeping teenager so his team-mates could take a photograph.

George Barker, 21, said he and five other footballers were "laughing and joking" in the Brighton hotel room where the 19-year-old had joined them.

Barker told the Old Bailey that his pal Anton Rodgers, 20, was the first to pull his boxer shorts down and pose for a picture.

Rodgers, a son of Liverpool manager Brendan, has in the past played for Ireland at under 17 and 19 levels.

Brighton and Hove Albion players Barker, Rodgers, Leon Dunk, 21, and former team-mate Steve Cook, 21, who now plays for Bournemouth, deny sexual assault and voyeurism.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in July 2011 after the Brighton players went clubbing to celebrate a win.

The woman, who is now 21, admitted telling police "a pack of lies" after missing work the next day but said she revealed what happened after a row with her boyfriend months later.

Barker, the first of the players to give evidence, said he and Rodgers returned to their room at the Jury's Inn Hotel and went to bed.

He was woken by the sound of voices and saw the woman sitting on their double bed.

He said: "She was talking to us, having a laugh and joking, getting involved in the banter.

"She got into the bed and got in between us under the duvet. We carried on laughing and joking for about 15 minutes.

"Then she started kissing Anton, kissing his lips, snogging. She then rolled over and started kissing me on the lips.

"It was a bit of a shock to start with. She rolled back to Anton and started kissing him again, then she rolled back again and then started kissing me again. Then she fell asleep."

He said fellow players Ben Sampayo and Leon Redwood were also in the room.

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