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The three women who were photographed alongside Wayne Rooney have apologised to the former England star and handed over copyright for the snaps for a quid.
Photos of Rooney sitting up while snoozing in a hotel room were shared widely online over the weekend - in one a woman was pictured showing off her thong next to the sleeping ex-footballer alongside the caption 'Mooney Rooney'.
Now a representative for Rooney has said the three women involved got in touch to issue an apology and to give him the rights to the photos.
A spokesperson for Rooney told the Mirror: "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."
Following the release of the photos online, Rooney's legal time contacted police.
But yesterday Cheshire Police released a statement to say the matter was now closed.
The force said: "On Monday, 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 no offences have taken place. The person involved has also stated they do not wish to take the matter any further."
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