Steve Cook trial: team-mate 'exposed himself for picture'

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First published in News

A FOOTBALLER told a court he 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 – including current AFC Bournemouth player Steve Cook – 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.

Brighton and Hove Albion players Barker, Rodgers, Leon Dunk, 21, and former team-mate Cook, 21, deny sexual assault and voyeurism.

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

The woman, 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.”

He said Rodgers exposed himself and posted for a picture when the woman had fallen asleep.

"It was to make the boys laugh, I guess,” he said.

He said he also pulled his boxer shorts down and posed but, like Rodgers, did not touch her.

The case continues.

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