Saturday 23 September 2017

Rooney told to leave massage parlour in case career ruined

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney

Martin Evans

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

London's Old Bailey was told that newspaper stories about Rooney's "suggested use of prostitutes" had claimed Patricia Tierney had sex with him in the Diva Massage Parlour in Liverpool in 2004.

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

Details of the alleged encounter emerged during the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey.

Ms Tierney's name was discovered in notebooks belonging to convicted phone hacker Glenn Mulcaire.

Also discovered among 8,000 pages of documents seized from Mr Mulcaire were the details of a beauty therapist called Laura Rooney from Berkshire.

The jury was told that Ms Rooney had no connection with the Manchester United footballer whatsoever, but the 'News of the World' had mistakenly thought they were related.

In a statement read out in court, Ms Tierney said: "This incident, which was untrue, alleged that 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.

"On this occasion I pushed him into a room and told him to pull his hat down and get out before he was destroyed and his career was over."

The court was told that the story first appeared in the 'Sunday Mirror' and was later followed up by 'The Sun'. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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