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Saturday 21 April 2018

Soccer star Wayne was told to 'get out' of massage parlour

CLAIMS: Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen, left
CLAIMS: Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen, left

A MASSAGE parlour receptionist told footballer Wayne Rooney to get out "before he was destroyed and his career was over", a jury has been told.

London's Old Bailey heard that newspaper stories about Rooney's "suggested use of prostitutes" had claimed Patricia Tierney had sex with him in a Liverpool parlour in 2004.

But Ms Tierney said in a statement read to the court that she had warned the footballer to leave.

Ms Tierney claimed: "It was alleged I had a sexual encounter with Wayne Rooney and he paid me for sex when I was working at a massage parlour.

"I do recall Wayne Rooney visiting with a number of other males. Several days later he came on his own.

 

DESTROYED

"This time I pushed him into a room and told him to get out before he was destroyed and his career was over."

The story first appeared in the Sunday Mirror, the court heard, and was later chased by The Sun, with several articles appearing in the daily tabloid.

Notes made by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who has admitted phone hacking for the News of the World, showed that he was investigating Rooney at the time.

His notebooks also contained information with details relating to the footballer's mother, the court was told.

At a later date he made a note of the mobile phone details of a beauty consultant at Harrods called Laura Rooney, who is not related to the footballer.

Kate Middleton and Boris Johnson's names were also found on a list of targets he had drawn up, it was alleged.

Police found a hand-written page entitled "Target Evaluation" at Mulcaire's home when he was arrested in 2006, it was claimed.

The Duchess of Cambridge was among 18 names included on the list, along with Mayor of London Johnson, PR guru Max Clifford, former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, celebrity Kerry Katona and Tom Parker Bowles, son of Prince Charles's wife, Camilla.

Angelina Jolie's British stunt double was also investigated after the Hollywood actress struck up her relationship with Brad Pitt in 2005, the jury was told.

 

FRIENDS

Former Gladiators contestant Eunice Huthart was working on the action film Mr And Mrs Smith in Los Angeles in July 2005 when her mobile phone details and pin number appeared in Mulcaire's notes.

The court heard that Ms Huthart, who is originally from Liverpool and who described herself as "good friends" with Jolie in a police statement, was hacked by Mulcaire in February and March 2006.

Mulcaire also intercepted the voicemails of celebrity chef and Norwich City FC majority shareholder Delia Smith after she famously addressed club fans over a loudspeaker during a home game in February 2005.

He investigated her husband, Michael Wynn-Jones, and their friends and associates, and even called the phone of a man who had a similar number to Ms Smith by mistake, the court was told.

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