The so-called “Wagatha Christie” trial between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy continues today.
Rebekah Vardy is due to return to the witness box as her High Court libel battle with Coleen Rooney enters the second day of trial. The two women sat just a few meters apart in a courtroom at the Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday as Mrs. Vardy faced around half an hour of questioning at the end of the hearing, and is due to continue giving live evidence on Wednesday. It all started with an explosive statement on October 9, 2019, which changed the showbiz landscape. The tweet, shared by Coleen Rooney, accused Rebekah Vardy’s Instagram account of selling stories about her.
“That’s not true.”
Mrs. Vardy has denied an accusation her agent passed information to the S*n newspaper about fellow Leicester players’ reactions to Mr. Mahrez missing training.
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When asked by Coleen Rooney’s barrister, David Sherborne, if her agent, Caroline Watt, had told the newspaper other players were “fuming” about the incident, she said: “That’s not true.”
Vardy admits message exchange ‘doesn’t read very well’
Mrs. Vardy said she did not know whether or not her husband’s then team-mates were “fuming” about Mr. Mahrez not turning up for training. “It was probably something I was plucking from thin air. It was just gossip that was all,” she told the court. She also said: “It was a speculation of bits of information that I’ve heard and overheard, and also they had been in the press before.”
The court heard that her agent asked if the “fuming” claim should be passed on to a Sky Sports reporter, but Mrs. Vardy said he was not told. She added that her husband “never discussed whether the lads were fuming”. She admitted that the message exchange with her agent “doesn’t read very well”.
Mrs. Vardy re-entered the witness box to continue facing questions
Mrs. Vardy re-entered the witness box to continue facing questions from Mrs. Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne.
Rebekah Vardy has told the High Court that she was “just gossiping” when messaging her agent about the failure of one of her husband’s then teammates to come to training in 2018.
Coleen Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne read a message from Mrs. Vardy to Caroline Watt about then Leicester City footballer Riyad Mahrez not coming to training, telling Ms. Watt “the lads are fuming”.
Mrs. Vardy said: “It was speculation of just bits of information that I had heard and overheard, and also read in the press before.”
She added: “Yes, it doesn’t look good there, I was gossiping about things that we already in the public domain. I was just gossiping.”
Coleen Rooney arrives with Wayne
Coleen Rooney was again joined by her husband, former England footballer Wayne Rooney, as she arrived at the High Court in London.
She wore a white and black patterned outfit while her left foot was still in a brace.