Sunderland star Titus Bramble claims sex assault accuser was flirting

Sunderland AFC footballer Titus Bramble arrives at Teesside Crown Court  on day two of his trial, where he is accused of four counts of sexual assault,
Sunderland AFC footballer Titus Bramble arrives at Teesside Crown Court on day two of his trial, where he is accused of four counts of sexual assault,
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FOOTBALLER Titus Bramble defended himself against allegations of sexual assault as a jury prepares to consider their verdict.

The Sunderland star told the court a woman was flirting with him minutes before she claimed he sexually assaulted her.

“She was paying me a lot of attention, being touchy-feely and flirting,” Bramble told Teesside Crown Court on the third day of his trial on four charges of sexual assault.

The 20-year-old woman alleged Bramble put his hand up her skirt during a taxi ride from the Cross Keys club in Yarm, near Middlesbrough.

“We kissed outside the club,” said Bramble.

“I asked if she wanted to go to another club, but we agreed to go back to mine.

“We were kissing in the taxi, proper, passionate kissing.

“She put her hand on my crotch and I put my hand inside her leg, just above the knee.

“At no time did she tell me to stop.”

The court heard the taxi driver became worried about the girl and decided to drive to Stockton police station.

Bramble got out of the taxi and urinated against the police station’s wall.

“The woman was in the toilet inside the building,” said Bramble.

“I needed the toilet and just couldn’t hold it.”

Bramble is accused of groping a 26-year-old woman from behind on the dancefloor of the Cross Keys club.

“I did not do that,” he said.

“She said I was smirking at her when she turned around, but I was probably just smiling, which I often do if someone recognizes me.”

Bramble told the jury earlier he was used to getting attention from both men and women because of his job.

“I smile and will speak to people if I can,” he said.

“I do that because I don’t want them to think I’m an arrogant footballer.

“I will also buy people drinks, but I don’t let anyone buy me one so I can control what goes in it.

“That night I’d had six vodka and Diet Cokes and I was quite drunk at the end.”

Cross-examining Bramble, prosecutor Sean Dodds said: “You thought your fame as a footballer would let you do what you wanted with those two women, didn’t you?

Bramble replied: “No, that’s not true.”

The 30-year-old, of Wynyard, Teesside, denies four charges of sexual assault by touching, all on September 28, last year.

The jury is expected to retire to consider its verdicts today.

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