Throughout Adam Johnson’s trial, one question that has remained unanswered has been just why his girlfriend Stacey Flounders had chosen to stand by him the whole time despite the fact that he was trying to get off with a fifteen year old when she was sending him pictures of their baby. It was a damn good question.
Well, after today it seems to have been answered as Flounders revealed that in the wake of all these revelations the two had split up but were determined to remain friends and have an amicable relationship for the sake of their baby. She also confirmed Johnson’s story that he only kissed the girl and didn’t let her perform oral sex on him, and that he confided in her as early as September that he planned on pleading guilty to the offences he believed he committed.
Here’s a summary of what she had to say, from Sunderland Echo reporter Debra Fox:
SF says relationship with AJ at this time was “not very good”.
OP (Johnson’s lawyer): “Did you suspect that he was cheating on you?”
SF: “When he came out of the room I asked who she was, and he said it was the girl and he had given her a couple of shirts then I asked how old she was and he said she was 16.”
Stacey Flounders has just confirmed that she and Adam Johnson are “just going to remain friends” in the future. And that is how she sees their relationship going.
Johnson still looking to the ground as Stacey delivers this revelation to the jury.
Going back to when Johnson was arrested. SF: “When he said her name I recognised her name from when she spoke to me on Twitter. It popped into my head at the time to ask how old she was.”
SF: “I just wanted to know everything and he did, he told me and was actually really honest.”
Following Johnson’s arrest, SF has said that she did remain with the footballer at that time.
“Because he was honest with me and I knew he was telling the truth. I had just had a daughter and I wanted to be a family.”
As I said before, she has now decided that they will remain friends in the future.
OP: “In giving the evidence you have given are you prepared to lie on Adam Johnson’s behalf?”
SF: “No, I would never lie for Adam.”
OP: “Do you see any future in the relationship that you had?”
SF: “Not at the minute I don’t, no.”
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Kate Blackwell QC (KB) now beginning cross examination of Stacey Flounders.
SF on what Johnson told her after arrest: “That he kissed her and that he had met her twice.”