Rebekah Vardy – Coleen Rooney trial live: Rooney ‘reveled in’ Wagatha Christie nickname

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Coleen Rooney “reveled in” the Wagatha Christie nickname she was given after she claimed to have tracked down the source of leaked stories about her to fellow footballer’s wife Rebekah Vardy.

In a skeleton argument submitted to the trial earlier in the hearing, lawyers for Vardy said Mrs Rooney’s post that she had discovered the source of the leak was a “serious attack on Mrs Vardy”.

Hugh Tomlinson QC, representing Mrs Vardy, told the court: “We say this careful investigation was flawed from the start.

“The fact someone has an account doesn’t mean they are the only person who accessed it. Mrs Rooney was then dubbed ‘Wagatha Christie’. Something that she appears to have revealed in.

“She copied in her mobile phone, we recently discovered, the little photographs people had done making her up as Agatha Christie and so on.”

Mrs Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, denies the accusations and is suing Mrs Rooney for libel.


Trial to resume on Thursday

The hearing has now finished – the second day of the trial will begin at 10.30am tomorrow.

Chiara Giordano10 May 2022 16:36


Vardy confirms she did not tell Rooney her agent had access to her Instagram account

Rebekah Vardy confirmed she did not tell Coleen Rooney her agent Caroline Watt had access to her private Instagram account.

David Sherborne asked her: “You agree with me that if Ms Watt was looking at people’s private Instagram accounts through the use of your account that you’ve given her, that would be wrong, wouldn’t it?”

“Yes,” Mrs Vardy replied, later adding: “I didn’t know that’s what was happening.”

Chiara Giordano10 May 2022 16:33


Vardy quizzed on Instagram terms and conditions

Mr Sherborne is now taking Ms Vardy through Instagram’s terms and conditions, which he tells the court says a user cannot give someone else their login credentials.

He asks Ms Vardy: “To roam through other people’s private accounts because you’ve got the access to do that through someone else’s login credentials that’s just wrong isn’t it?”

Chiara Giordano10 May 2022 16:19


Vardy says she ‘deeply regrets’ interview about Peter Andre

Ms Vardy told the court she had been forced into saying something about the size of Peter Andre’s manhood during the interview.

Asked whether she asked Mr Andrew for permission first before the article was published, she replied: “I was forced into it.”

Mr Sherborne asked: “Did you tell him you were going to do it?”

Ms Vardy replied: “No.”

She told the court she went through a “terrible, terrible relationship” and the interview was something she “deeply regrets”.

Ms Vardy said: “This is something I deeply regret and something that is very much a part of my past.”

Chiara Giordano10 May 2022 16:16


Ms Rooney’s barrister is now asking Ms Vardy about an interview she gave to The News of the World the time she reportedly had sex with singer Peter Andre.

Chiara Giordano10 May 2022 16:05


David Sherborne asked Ms Vardy whether she would agree that leaking other people’s information that they didn’t want to be made public is bad.

Mr Sherborne said: “One of the reasons it’s bad is because it shows you don’t respect the fact that person didn’t want it to be released.”

Ms Vardy replied: “Yes, but I didn’t leak it”.

Mr Sherborne asked: “Would you say you respect other people’s privacy?”

Ms Vardy responded: “Yes, I do.”

Chiara Giordano10 May 2022 16:01


Speaking softly from the witness stand, Vardy gave her full name as Rebekah Vardy.

Her barrister has just taken her through a folder containing her signed witness statements.

Chiara Giordano10 May 2022 15:52


Rebekah Vardy called to give evidence

Rebekah Vardy has just been called by her barrister to give evidence on the witness stand.

Chiara Giordano10 May 2022 15:48


Rebekah Vardy had the ‘means, opportunity and motive’

Coleen Rooney’s barrister has said Rebekah Vardy had the “means, opportunity and motive” to be responsible for leaking the fake stories from Ms Rooney’s Instagram account.

Mr Sherborne told the court: “In short, we say Mrs Vardy had the means, she had the opportunity with her links to The Sun, and she had the motive to secretly pass on information from Mrs Rooney’s account.

“Mrs Vardy is responsible for the secret passing on if the information that is the subject of this case.”

Chiara Giordano10 May 2022 15:46


‘Vardy’s reaction… shows she was responsible for the leaks’

David Sherborne said that Rebekah Vardy’s case has changed since her original claim.

“What was said at the time about possible alternatives is now not put forward by Mrs Vardy and that is because she and Ms Watt concocted a series of lies at the time,” he told the court.

The barrister said it was “particularly telling” how Mrs Vardy and Caroline Watt reacted when Coleen Rooney said she suspected someone had leaked an incorrect story about a car crash, arguing they were “spooked”.

“It is Mrs Vardy’s reaction to this that shows she was responsible for the leaks,” Mr Sherborne said.

Tom Ambrose10 May 2022 15:40

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