Now the ‘family man’ actor outed by US publication as having slept with Wayne Rooney prostitute is named all over social media despite gagging order
An A-list actor who won an injunction to hush up claims he slept with a prostitute used by Wayne Rooney has been widely named on social media just hours after being identified in the US.
The married father, whose reputation as a family man has boosted his career as a world-renowned star, allegedly paid escort Helen Wood £195 for sex.
The millionaire then paid a firm of high-powered lawyers tens of thousands of pounds to stop his fans finding out and successfully obtained a draconian gagging order in 2011 preventing publication of the details of the encounter.
However, the cheating well-known celebrity was outed yesterday in American print media due to differing laws to the UK, and just hours later his name was prevalent across British social media.
It comes despite the fact the ‘family man’ paid hundreds of thousands on the gagging order to keep the affair private and out of the public eye.
And it now means people around the world will know all about the sordid claims, but UK publications still cannot publish the details.
Campaigners said the law was again proving itself ‘an ass’, following the case of another married celebrity who is trying to hush up claims of an extra-marital threesome. He has already been named in the US and Scotland.
And last month, a married football star threatened legal action to stop newspapers writing about secret sex messages, having won an injunction banning mention of an earlier affair.
The latest A-list philanderer – with a reputation as a family man that has boosted his career – allegedly paid Miss Wood £195 for sex, then paid tens of thousands of pounds to lawyers to obtain an injunction preventing fans from finding out.
The gagging order was granted by the High Court in 2011. But yesterday the global star was humiliated in the US as a publication available to millions of Americans plastered his name and photo over two pages of sordid claims about his infidelity with the prostitute and ‘a sex toy’.
Last night the publication’s editor said it was the only one with ‘the guts to tell it like it really is’, adding: ‘Prohibitive laws are denying readers and fans the right to know the unvarnished truth.’
The rumours are prevalent on the internet, but publications in England and Wales remain gagged.
Miss Wood famously had a threesome with Manchester United and England star Rooney and her friend while the player’s wife Coleen was pregnant.
She claimed the actor booked her for an afternoon sex session – in which she used a sex toy on him – through an escort agency in March 2010.
Miss Wood described how he arrived without his wedding ring before having a shower in her room. ‘He came out of the shower naked. I asked him if he wanted a massage and I gave him one,’ she said at the time.
‘He turned over and he was a disgusting kisser. He kissed like a virgin.’
She says she offered to use a sex toy on him and he ‘eagerly agreed’. Afterwards, he left without leaving a tip, but he did recommend a local restaurant, she claimed.
The actor is understood to have confessed to his wife after fearing the news would leak out.
The ex-escort compared the ‘barmy’ legal situation to that of the other married celebrity, who has spent £1million battling to stop details of his threesome with another couple being published.
The Supreme Court will decide imminently if he can be named after the Court of Appeal overturned his gagging order – but meanwhile the rest of the world knows who he is.
Miss Wood told The Sun: ‘I read about the other injunction involving a celeb threesome and an olive oil bath and have seen the name everywhere on the internet.
‘It’s strange that the rest of the world knows who these stars are but newspapers in the UK can’t report it.’
The 29-year-old, who is no longer a prostitute and who won Celebrity Big Brother last year, said the man who paid her for sex has used his family to boost his own career.
She said: ‘He tries to come across with this persona as if he’s some fantastic family man. I don’t think a fantastic family man sleeps with escorts.’
Since the star obtained the High Court injunction, the wealthy actor has ignored a deluge of rumours on social media and continued his career as if everything was normal.
He has attended glittering functions with other actors and given celebrity interviews about his life and work.
The actor has basked in the adulation with his glamorous wife, slipping an arm around her and posing with a smile for photographers.
The philandering star has given publicity interviews – in which he mentions his family – to promote his work and attempt to boost his audiences.
Past: Miss Wood (left) famously had a threesome with Manchester United and England star Rooney and her friend while the player’s wife Coleen was pregnant (together right last night)
When he ran to the courts to hush up Miss Wood’s kiss-and-tell claims to The Sun, Mr Justice King agreed the actor – whom he described as ‘a world-famous celebrity’ – had a reasonable expectation that his sex session with Miss Wood was private.
At the time friends of Miss Wood, of Bolton, the daughter of an academic, claimed her relationship with the actor was well known.
Jenna Hughes, 24, a former nightclub friend, said: ‘It has been common knowledge up here for a while now and it really doesn’t come as a surprise to us.’
A friend named only as Hayley said: ‘The blokes she has these flings with should really know better. She is the ultimate kiss-and-tell, and people in the public eye should watch their back. More fool them, I say.’
The latest case means people around the world will know all about the sordid claims, but UK publications still cannot publish the details.
Of the gagging order, John Hemming, the former Lib Dem MP who exposed footballer Ryan Giggs’s infidelity in the Commons in 2011, said: ‘I hope the courts recognise it is hopeless, these King Canute-style attempts to hold back the tide of information.
‘They are also implicitly threatening 50million ordinary Britons with prison, because everyone is covered by injunctions … The result is judges abusing State power merely to create a society in which people, especially those with money, can live a lie with impunity.’
Bob Satchwell, of the Society of Editors, said: ‘The American media is making a mockery of our system of justice.’ He added that UK courts were ‘granting orders which they cannot enforce’.
Lawyer Mark Stephens, of solicitors Howard Kennedy, added: ‘It’s getting increasingly ridiculous. This actor’s extra-marital activities were widely known among the chattering classes … but ordinary folk were kept in the dark.’
Supreme Court judges are still considering whether a different married star who had a threesome with another couple will be named.
An injunction protecting the married man was overturned a fortnight ago by the Court of Appeal, which ruled that widespread online and global coverage meant the affair was now ‘common knowledge’.
But Supreme Court judges said the Press blackout in England and Wales should continue while they decide if his appeal should be allowed. No timescale was given for how long they will take.
The anonymity order was branded a ‘farce’ after the celebrity’s name was published in Scotland, the US, Australia and online.
A survey carried out by MailOnline found that one in five people in England claimed to know the name of the star, who has two children with his spouse, who is also famous.
Ryan Giggs’ family-man image was left in tatters five years ago when he tried to hush up an affair with model and Big Brother contestant Imogen Thomas.
The former footballer secured an injunction to stop his name being made public – despite his identity being common knowledge online.
It then emerged that he had been sleeping with Natasha, his brother’s wife. The affair apparently began in 2003 and continued while Stacey was pregnant with their children, now aged ten and 13.
Giggs even paid Natasha £500 to abort his child weeks before she married his brother. Mrs Giggs apparently forgave her husband after the revelations.
The Manchester United star is now facing one of the largest sporting divorce payouts in British history – after his wife finally ran out of patience with his womanising ways.
Stacey Giggs, 37, stood by the former Manchester United player, even after he had an affair with his brother’s wife.
The footballer, 42, also spent £150,000 on a controversial legal battle to hush up his affair with a glamour model. However this week it emerged that his wife now wants a divorce, and he stands to lose half his £40million fortune.
Former prostitute Helen Wood’s fury over ‘stupid s**g’ who sold her story they had had a threesome with Wayne Rooney
Former prostitute Helen Wood has opened up about her infamous threesome with footballer Wayne Rooney – branding the other woman who sold their story to a Sunday newspaper a ‘stupid s**g’.
The former Big Brother star has previously admitted to ‘regretting’ the sexual liaison with Rooney and Jenny Thompson ahead of the South Africa World Cup in 2010 and has now claimed she would have taken out an injunction if she had the money.
She also revealed her fury over her former friend Ms Thompson ‘selling her out’, calling her a ‘stupid s**g’ for going public with details about the scandalous sex session.
Appearing on Sam Delaney’s News Thing – an ironic chat show broadcast online once a week – she said: ‘In my situation it was taken to the papers by the stupid s**g that was involved.
‘She didn’t even need to say my name, I begged her, I said ‘can you just meet me halfway and say it was just you’, and she couldn’t even do that.
‘£15,000 and she just sold my name like that. I just think it’s f****** bad. Why do they do it?
‘Why do people have this intention of s******* someone, and the next morning thinking I’m going to make some f****** money off it. You already made enough money off it.
‘I just don’t get that mindset of jumping into bed with someone and thinking I’m going to f*** this person and then sell it the next day. It’s weird.’
Miss Wood was discussing her view on injunctions in light of the recent gagging order taken out by an A-list actor to prevent news of their sexual encounter – for which he paid £195 – being published in the UK.
Asked if she is a fan of injunctions, Miss Wood said: ‘Mixed opinions really.
‘I think everyone should be able to have them, I don’t think it’s fair that only rich people are able to have them, for obvious reasons, because if I’d had the chance I’d have definitely f****** got one but I didn’t have a spare £50,000.
‘So why is it alright for some people to be named, and others not?’
Hosted by Sam Delaney, each episode of News Thing features a panel of comedians or ‘political guest’ discussing contemporary issues and taking a ‘sideways’ look at the news of the week.
Source: Daily Mail