Wayne Rooney today bought up the photos of him sleeping in a hotel room surrounded by three semi-naked party girls for just £1, describing them as ‘decent young women’ days after claiming their pictures were part of a plot to blackmail him.
The married father-of-four, 35, has paid a ‘nominal’ fee to Brooke Morgan, Elise Melvin, both 21, and their pal Eleanor Hoggarth, who have apologised to him and ‘volunteered to hand over all pictures’ having admitted they got ‘carried away’, according to the footballer’s spokesman.
Mr Rooney now owns the copyright on the images that showed him passed out in a chair as the friends mucked around in their underwear in their £60-a-night room in Manchester last Saturday. One flashed her bottom next to the Derby County boss – then posted it online, captioning it ‘Mooney Rooney’.
In the aftermath ex-England skipper Wayne, 35, alleged to police he was blackmailed over the images of him with three 21-year-old women while fully-clothed and in a chair. Miss Morgan, Miss Melvin and Miss Hoggarth approached Rooney’s lawyer, his spokesman said.
Howeverm Snapchat model Tayler Ryan, 21, who appears in most of the pictures, was not among the girls who went to Rooney.
Wayne’s ownership of the majority of the pictures from his night out will now mean he can take legal action if they are used by the press or on social media.
A spokesman for Wayne Rooney said: ‘The three girls who took the photographs contacted Wayne’s lawyers and volunteered to hand over all pictures that were taken that night and the copyrights in them.
‘They have also, at their own suggestion, made a written apology to him for the events that took place and the embarrassment caused. These were three decent young women who went for a night out. They did not expect Wayne to end up in their company and are remorseful about how things turned out with the pictures.
‘They got carried away and did something they later regretted. They did not expect it to end up in the mainstream media after it was posted on social media and they decided to take steps to put things right.
‘It would be wrong to say no money changed hands because when a contract is drawn up there must be a sum and in this case it was a nominal £1.
‘They have fulsomely apologised because they wanted to do what they saw as the right thing and draw a line under the matter.’
The ex-England skipper, 35, alleged to police he was blackmailed over the images of him with three 21-year-old women while fully-clothed and in a chair
Model Tayler Ryan pictured with ex-England football ace Rooney while they were partying in Manchester on Saturday night. Tayler does not appear to have sold the copyright on this selfie on their night out that ended in a hotel room
The ex-England player, 35, appears to be walking with two blondes to their hotel in the early hours of Sunday after he partied with Snapchat model Tayler Ryan and her friends Elise Melvin and Brooke Morgan at the exclusive Chinawhite nightclub
Wayne Rooney at Derby FC Training Ground this morning showed little sign of the events of the weekend’s night out. His spokesman has said the girls have apologised to him and handed over the pictures for £1
The picture handover came as Rooney’s £5million job with Derby County was on a knife edge over the leaked images of the star passed out in a hotel.
Ex-England skipper Wayne , 35, alleged to police he was blackmailed over the images of him with three 21-year-old women while fully-clothed and in a chair.
But Cheshire Police told MailOnline they had spoken to the ‘person involved’ who does not wish to ‘take the matter any further’, but sources close to Rooney said on Tuesday night that the footballer was ‘surprised’ the investigation had been dropped.
Now his club is said to be furious after Rooney was seen walking two women who later took viral pictures of him asleep to their hotel room at 5.15am last weekend, The Sun reports.
A source said: ‘How can he lead a group of young men when he cannot appear to control himself in public during a night out? This type of behaviour hurts the club’s reputation.’
Rooney has recently been at odds with the powers-that-be at cash-strapped Derby as the former England striker has demanded more investment in the team that stayed in the Championship only by the skin of their teeth on the last day of the season.
Rooney’s future with the club is said to be ’50-50′, because ‘as manager he must lead by example’.
Sources told MailOnline on Tuesday that the footballer was ‘surprised’ that police closed a probe into his £10,000 blackmail allegation over pictures of him fully-clothed asleep in a hotel room.
In footage taken by a fan he can be seen walking with two blondes – one of whom is believed to be Snapchat model Tayler Ryan – to their £50-a-night hotel after he partied with her and her friends Elise Melvin and Brooke Morgan at the exclusive Chinawhite nightclub.
Rooney’s representatives told MailOnline they had made a formal complaint of blackmail to police, when social media was flooded with images of the night-out on Sunday.
But police told MailOnline they believe no offence was committed following the blackmail claims.
A spokesman said: ‘On Monday 26 July Cheshire Constabulary received reports of a possible blackmail relating to a number of images circulating online.
‘Officers have spoken to the person involved and are satisfied that no offences have taken place. The person involved has also stated that they do not wish to take the matter any further.’
Wayne’s wife Coleen has refused to cut short her family holiday to Wales after the images were circulated online.
Coleen, 35, was seen on the beach in the Llyn Peninsula with their kids as the embarrassing photographs went viral on Sunday morning.
Ex-Manchester United ace Rooney, who is married to Coleen and has four sons with his childhood sweetheart, reportedly partied into the early hours of Sunday with three young women in their twenties
Snapchat model Tayler Ryan (left) and her friends Elise Melvin (right) and Brooke Morgan reportedly partied with Wayne Rooney at the exclusive Chinawhite club in Manchester on Saturday night
Friends of the three girls told the Sun that Rooney, 35, and his friends had invited Tayler (pictured), Elise and Brooke to his VIP booth at the exclusive Chinawhite club
Ex-Manchester United ace Rooney, who is married to Coleen and has four sons with his childhood sweetheart, reportedly partied into the early hours of Sunday with model Tayler Ryan and her friends Elise Melvin and Brooke Morgan, all 21, according to the Sun newspaper
Wayne Rooney has been with childhood sweetheart Coleen for nearly two decades. The pair started dating when they were 16 after leaving school, married in 2008 and have four sons together
Fans on social media seemed bemused the player had apparently reporter the matter to police as a potential crime
Father-of-four Rooney – married to childhood sweetheart Coleen since 2008, who was photographed on a beach in North Wales 24 hours after images of his night were leaked to social media – joined the girls in their Staycity hotel room near Piccadilly station.
Greater Manchester Police said they had received no reports to them about the incident, but Cheshire Constabulary were investigating the claims. It confirmed: ‘We have received a complaint of blackmail which we are reviewing.’
One of the images which leaked on social media and went viral on Sunday shows Rooney leaning in towards a blonde reveller at a nightclub in Manchester. There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on the football star’s part.
Coleen is said to be fully behind her husband and thinks he has been the victim of a stitch-up.
However, the women involved were shocked to discover the 35-year-old ex-Manchester United player, who is married to childhood sweetheart Coleen and with whom he has four sons, had made a police complaint after social media was flooded with images of the night.
A mother of one of the girls has questioned why Rooney drank with her despite a 14-year age gap. Speaking from her home in Barrow on Furness, Angie Saunderson, Tayler’s 43-year-old mother, said: ‘I don’t care about the police complaint. The poor girls were just going out for a 21st birthday.
‘They’re 21 and he’s nearly 40. He’s invited them over. He sent over a security guard to invite them over to his VIP booth. It’s upset them all. They’re in tears. She’s a good girl and comes from a decent family.
‘They thought they were being funny but I’ve told them it was absolutely stupid. I feel awful for them but I’m also angry because they’ve been stupid.’
It comes after Rooney fans seemed bemused he had taken the incident in such poor spirit and questioned what offence he thought had been committed. One said: ‘What crime? Was Wayne Rooney forced at gunpoint to spend the night at a hotel with two women.’
Snapchat model Tayler Ryan (pictured) and her friends Elise Melvin and Brooke Morgan partied with Rooney in Manchester
A friend told the Sun: ‘They were all having fun dancing around with Wayne and his mates and posting about it on Snapchat but they couldn’t stop laughing when he passed out’ (pictured, Elise Melvin)
Rooney, 35, looked on as the Derby players trained ahead of the start of the new season with footballers and coaches
Rooney was dressed all in black and wore a baseball cap to shade his eyes from the bright light from above
Another joked: ‘Wow…if that’s a crime sign me up Gaffer! I’ll have some of that pre season training!’
MailOnline understands the images were taken on Saturday night, on the first weekend that nightclubs in England were allowed to open in more than 15 months due to lockdown restrictions imposed during the pandemic.
Tayler posted photos of her and Rooney to her 13,000 Instagram followers. Rooney then reportedly left the Staycity complex ‘angry’ after he woke up.
Rooney was out partying hours after Derby lost 2-1 away to Salford in a pre-season friendly, the Sun reports.
He is busy preparing his Derby side for the new Championship season, which kicks off in a fortnight’s time. But he faces a significant challenge ahead of his first game, against Huddersfield, because the team currently nine registered senior players – two of which are goalkeepers.
On Saturday he vowed he will not walk away as manager, but warned the club it would be ‘impossible’ for him to field a team for the start of the new Sky Bet Championship season without significant signings.
The midlands club are currently under a transfer embargo, preventing them from signing players, after failing to provide financial records from previous years.
But earlier this week the EFL altered its rules due to ‘exceptional circumstances’ caused by the club’s coronavirus outbreak last season. ‘It’s other people which I can’t control who need to make bigger decisions that I do,’ Rooney told Sky Sports News.
Rooney is England’s record goalscorer, netting 53 in 119 appearances for the Three Lions. The forward spent much of club career with Manchester United, where he scored 183 goals in 393 appearances.
Rooney also won 16 trophies at United, where he moved, aged 18, after completing a £25million move from his boyhood club Everton. He also earned a host of personal accolades, including the 2009-10 PFA Player of the Season award and five Premier League Player of the Month awards.