Jury sworn in at footballers' trial

A jury has been sworn in on Tuesday in the case of four footballers accused of sexually assaulting a teenager in a Brighton hotel.

Last Updated: 07/05/13 at 17:15 Post Comment

Three Brighton players and one former Brighton player have denied sexual assault

Three Brighton players and one former Brighton player have denied sexual assault

A jury has been sworn in on Tuesday in the case of four footballers accused of sexually assaulting a teenager in a Brighton hotel.

A previous jury was discharged in February after failing to reach verdicts on all but one count where they cleared Lewis Dunk of voyeurism.

The new jury has been sent away until Wednesday when the case will be opened at the Old Bailey.

Judge Christopher Moss told the panel that they should try the defendants on evidence given in court and put anything they may have heard about the first trial out of their minds.

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, had denied sexual assault and voyeurism.

They were alleged to have assaulted a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in July 2011 after celebrating a match win.

The woman claimed she fell asleep following a drunken night out clubbing and saw photographs of the incident on Rodgers' mobile phone in the morning.

The players told the court there was nothing sexual in what went on and the woman was awake during most of the "boy banter".

Rodgers' father, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, sat in the public gallery among eight members of the players' families.

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