Man who ‘blackmailed’ Premier League footballer ‘saw star’s ding-a-ling’

A man who allegedly blackmailed a Premier League footballer after filming him in bed with a woman was "starstruck" after recognising the star in a compromising position.

Prince Rowe, 37, spoke of his shock as he thought "it's (the footballer) with his ding-a-ling out", a court heard.

Rowe is accused of entering a hotel room with Nathan Coleman, 38, to try and film the incriminating footage of the footballer with Natalie Wood, 28.

The star, who cannot be named for legal reasons, jumped out of the window in just his underwear.

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Rowe, from Birmingham, said he agreed to go to the hotel after friend and ex-ITV's Take Me Out Contestant, Tyrone Coleman, discovered Wood had been in contact with the footballer.

He told police shortly after his arrest: "He said to me his girl had some form of contact with the player – they had met on several occasions previously.

"He was a bit upset – he was looking to progress the relationship. He wanted to go and catch them in the act."

The court heard Rowe went to the hotel with Nathan as Tyrone waited outside.

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He told officers Tyrone Coleman believed Wood was "playing away" with the footballer and did not want to see the pair in bed together.

Rowe continued: "I just wanted to see if it was that person – the footballer.

"I was a bit star-struck by the situation. I don't know how we got into the room. She was lying on the bed. He was sitting there with his thing out. She jumped off the bed in panic.

"Before I knew it, I saw him dive out of the window. I didn't know what he was jumping to – I'm just panicking thinking 'I'd better try and save him'.

"I was actually star-struck for a bit because I play football, I've met footballers but to actually be in that situation with him…I was thinking 'it's (the footballer) with his ding-a-ling out'."

Wood later discovered the footballer had a partner, the court heard.

The jury has been told the footballer jumped out of the hotel room wearing only his underwear and took shelter in a nearby restaurant for police to arrive. Rowe said he was a bodybuilder who owned a vape shop in Birmingham and did not "need to be involved in anything like this".

Tyrone denies conspiracy to blackmail. Brother Nathan Coleman, of Sussex, denies conspiracy to blackmail and two counts of theft relating to a Rolex watch and designer tracksuit.

Rowe denies conspiracy to blackmail and two counts of theft. Ras Robinson denies a charge of handling stolen goods, relating to the Rolex watch. The trial continues.

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