The former girlfriend of Aston Villa star Gabriel Agbonlahor has appeared in court accused of posting abusive Facebook messages to the mother of one of his children.
Sophie Smith, 25, of Sutton Coldfield, appeared before Walsall magistrates charged with ‘sending a false message by the public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety’.
The charge relates to Facebook posts allegedly made under a pseudonym between November 2008 and May this year to Elizabeth Wheeler, mother of Agbonlahor’s son.
Smith, who is 36 weeks pregnant, is understood to strenuously deny the claims.
She is the childhood sweetheart of the millionaire footballer and began dating him in 2003, but they later split.
She was represented in court by solicitor Michael O’Mahoney and did not enter a plea.
Mr O’Mahoney said it was alleged Smith had sent “a considerable number” of messages and that there was “also a suggestion of stalking and harassment”.
Magistrates granted Smith bail on the condition that she has no contact with either Ms Wheeler or another of his former girlfriends, Tia Hithersay.
She was further ordered not to go to a specified address in Streetly, and not to use social network sites Facebook and Twitter under pseudonyms.
Smith is due back before the court on July 24.
Ms Wheeler has previously used her Twitter account to talk about the father of her child.
After Villa lost to Chelsea at Villa Park in March, she wrote: “Seeing my baby on the pitch wiv my hubby yday was one of the proudest moments of my life, cried like a baby only in front of 40,000 ppl.”
Ms Wheeler is said to have met the England striker on a 2006 ‘lads’ holiday’ in Greece.
The Villa star has also previously dated ex-air stewardess and underwear model Ms Hithersay – who is a friend of Ms Wheeler on Twitter.