Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Brendan Rodgers' son Anton one of footballers who 'sexually assaulted and photographed' woman

Brighton and Hove Albion footballer Anton Rodgers (left) and his father, Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers (right) arrive at the Old Bailey for the trial

Anton Rodgers - son of Liverpool FC boss and Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers - was one of a group of "arrogant" footballers who sexually assaulted a teenage girl while she was sleeping, the Old Bailey was told today (Wednesday).

The 19-year-old was photographed with the top of her pink dress pulled down so the players could show their friends, jurors heard.

The girl woke in a Brighton hotel room to find photographs of the assault on a mobile phone, it was alleged.

The four members of Brighton and Hove Albion football club had been celebrating a match win in July 2011 when they met the woman in a club.

Brighton and Hove Albion players Anton Rodgers, 20, Lewis Dunk, 21, and George Barker, 21, and former team-mate Steve Cook, 22, who now plays for Bournemouth, deny sexual assault.

Rodgers, son of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, Barker and Cook deny voyeurism. Dunk was cleared of the charge at an earlier trial where the jury could not agree verdicts on the others.

Richard Barton, prosecuting, told the retrial: "These were the actions of a group of arrogant young men.

"They believed that as a result of their privileged position as professional footballers, they could do this to this young woman and she would not come forward and say what happened."

Mr Barton said the woman, through drink and tiredness, was unconscious. She had a gap of several hours in her memory but had some flashbacks.

The woman had woken in the morning to find herself in bed with Rodgers in a room where another player was asleep, the court heard.

Her bra had been removed and the top of her dress pulled down, exposing her breasts.

Toilet paper and what looked like shaving foam was strewn around the room, said Mr Barton.

After asking to use Rodgers mobile phone she began scrolling through around 10 pictures.

Mr Barton added: "She saw there was a whole series of photographs on the phone of a young woman wearing a pink dress.

"The woman was lying on a bed, clearly not awake. In some of them there were semi-naked men around her.

"Then she realised to her horror the unconscious woman in the pink dress was herself."

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