Pick­ing me I’m rid­ing him...

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A SCHOOL­GIRL who is al­leged to have per­formed a sex act on Eng­land foot­baller Adam John­son told her friends: “He’s pick­ing me up this week and I’m rid­ing him.”

John­son is on trial for two counts of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child, which pros­e­cu­tors say took place in the star’s Range Rover last Jan­uary with a girl who was then 15-years-old.

The girl was yes­ter­day cross-ex­am­ined over mes­sages she posted on so­cial me­dia about her meet­ings with the for­mer Sun­der­land winger.

Or­lando Pow­nall, de­fend­ing, re­ferred to one Snapchat mes­sage, which was then put on Face­book, in which the girl stated, “He’s pick­ing me up this week and I’m rid­ing him.”

Speak­ing to court via a video-link, the teenager said: “I was try­ing to big my­self up as any 15-year-old girl would.”

The star-struck teen went on to de­scribe how she se­cretly filmed one of their meet­ings but only man­aged to cap­ture an im­age of John­son’s Range Rover dash­board.

She said she did this to prove to peo­ple that she had met the foot­baller.

The girl wiped away tears as she told the jury she never thought she would end up ex­plain­ing her­self in court.

She later said: “I was try­ing to brag about it and show off. How many teenagers can say that’s hap­pened to them?”

The girl also told the court: “I thought I was big and I thought I was clever... I feel so stupid now for not see­ing, but I didn’t see it at the time.”

She told the court she felt “obliged” to per­form the sex act on him.

Mr Pow­nall asked the girl about the mes­sages ex­changed be­tween her and John­son be­fore they first met in his car. The teenager said she found some of the mes­sages “a bit creepy”.

Asked to clar­ify, she said: “I thought that when I told him my age he would have backed off. Who just asks for a ran­dom fan’s num­ber?”

Pros­e­cu­tors say the teen per­formed oral sex on the ex-Sun­der­land player af­ter the pair ex­changed hun­dreds of mes­sages, on­line and via text.

The girl also said of John­son: “Some­one tex­ting a 15-year-old girl – they’re not com­pletely nor­mal.”

De­fence lawyer Or­lando Pow­nall asked the girl whether she “ab­so­lutely hated” John­son now.

She said: “Yes, I do, af­ter ev­ery­thing he’s put us through. He told ev­ery­one he was in­no­cent and he made peo­ple call me a liar.

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

The teenage girl was also cross-ex­am­ined yes­ter­day over mes­sages she posted on so­cial me­dia about her meet­ings with the for­mer Sun­der­land winger.

It emerged that the girl did not men­tion some of the more se­ri­ous ac­tiv­ity in an ini­tial po­lice in­ter­view and later said she had held back from de­scrib­ing some of what hap­pened to pro­tect John­son, 28.

Mr Pow­nall asked her whether she was still try­ing to pro­tect John­son.

The girl be­came tear­ful as she said: “No, be­cause he did noth­ing to pro­tect me and he made me out to be a liar.”

Later in the cross-ex­am­i­na­tion, the girl got more up­set and con­tin­ued to in­sist she hadn’t wanted to get John­son into trou­ble.

She said: “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.”

The girl be­gan sob­bing again and asked for a break.

John­son’s girl­friend Stacey Floun­ders, who was ab­sent from court ear­lier in the week, was at his side again yes­ter­day as he en­tered Brad­ford Crown Court.

On Mon­day, the jury was played two video record­ings of po­lice in­ter­view­ing the girl about her re­la­tion­ship with the foot­baller.

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