Reality television star Katie Price has denied she is helping disgraced footballer Adam Johnson promote his image following his release from prison for child sex offences, contrary to reports last night.
The shamed England star was driven away from HMP Moorland by his father Dave Johnson just after midnight, on Friday last week after serving just half of his six-year sentence behind bars.
And is now facing an uphill battle to try to resurrect his football career, after all of the football league clubs in the area of his County Durham home said they would not contemplate signing him.
Adam Johnson (left) has been staying in his £2million seven-bedroom mansion in Country Durham following his release from Prison. Katie Price (right), 40, a former model, who is a close friend of Johnson’s sister Faye, was reported to be helping the footballer promote his image
The Telegraph had reported last night that Price, 40, a former model, who is a close friend of Johnson’s sister Faye – who was last week seen with ‘welcome home balloons’ for her brother – was understood to be helping the family.
With the footballer reported to have been advised on where to appear for publicity photographs, and even a suggestion he may consider reality television.
But when contacted by The Telegraph, a representative of Price said the only connection was that she had known the family for years. And that she was mainly in touch with the mother and sister as they all own horses.
The former England player – who was jailed for grooming, kissing and touching a 15-year-old fan – remains on licence and, as part of his release conditions, is no longer be permitted to be alone with his daughter.
Johnson (pictured while on trial in 2016), who once played for England, now faces an uphill battle to try to resurrect his football career, after all of the football league clubs in the area of his home told the Mail they would not contemplate signing him
At the weekend Faye Johnson, who defended her brother with a #TeamAJ Facebook campaign after his 2016 conviction, was pictured being driven to the 31-year-old footballer’s seven-bedroom mansion, located in an upmarket village in County Durham.
It was reported that she had been planning a party for her brother following his release from prison, with a Majestic Wine van and police van also seen outside the property over the weekend.
Johnson’s seven-bedroom home is said to have a bowling alley, swimming pool and football nets in the back garden.
He lives 100 yards away from his his father and mother, Sonia. His sister Faye also lives in the village.
Adam Johnson’s sister, Faye, was pictured being driven to the 31-year-old footballer’s home, located in an upmarket village in County Durham, over the weekend
Johnson was reportedly spotted for the first time since his release outside his father’s house earlier this week.
A man, believed to be Johnson, was seen was pictured driving a black Land Rover outside the house in County Durham following his release from prison.
He drove away from the house for a short while before he returned, swapping places with his father Dave Johnson who took over driving the vehicle, a source said.
Johnson has not been issued with a criminal tag but will be subject to strict licence conditions, including keeping in touch with a supervisor and living permanently at his address.
He will only be allowed to take up work if his supervisor approves it, and police will examine any overseas travel plans before he is allowed to leave the UK.
Johnson will also have more stringent conditions under the terms of the sex offenders’ register, which he will sign for at least 15 years.
As well as not being permitted to see his daughter or other children unsupervised, he will have to hand over his bank card in order to prevent him accessing paid-for porn sites.