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Vardy v Rooney: Rebekah Vardy says she was ‘just joking’ amid claim she leaked footballer ‘affair’ story | Football News

Rebekah Vardy has informed the Excessive Courtroom she was “simply joking” following an allegation she informed her agent to leak a story a few feminine movie star having an affair with a footballer.

The 40-year-old is at present suing Coleen Rooney after being publicly accused of leaking “false tales” to the media in 2019.

Rooney has claimed she carried out a “sting operation” to catch who was sharing tales about her non-public life, which she recognized as Vardy in a viral social media publish.

Rooney, who’s married to Wayne Rooney, is defending the libel claim on the idea of reality and public curiosity.

Vardy, who’s married to Leicester Metropolis striker Jamie Vardy, took to the witness field on the second day of the ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel trial, the place she was questioned about messages between her and agent Caroline Watt.

The messages have been about an alleged affair between a “well-known movie star”, known as Mrs F, and a footballer, recognized as Mr G.

Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne informed the court docket Vardy had despatched a textual content to her agent, saying: “Omg have you ever seen how badly Mrs F is behaving x … I am really disgusted by her x.”

She then despatched one other message that learn: “Leak the story about her s******* G behind H’s again”.

The court docket heard Ms Watt replied: “I attempted earlier than however The Solar already knew about it and could not show it as standard.”

Requested in regards to the messages, Vardy stated she was “simply joking” when she made the remark.

Key factors from day two of the trial

  • Vardy was requested about leaking a story on Danielle Lloyd’s Maldives honeymoon and miscarriage – which she claims the mannequin gave to the press herself
  • Vardy has denied the suggestion that she was “ready to lie beneath oath”
  • She conceded that she had directed her agent to have a look at Rooney’s non-public Instagram in relation to a publish a few automotive crash however denied that Ms Watt was monitoring the account
  • WhatsApp messages present Ms Watt known as Rooney an “consideration seeker” after viewing her posts

The Danny Drinkwater crash

The court docket additionally heard that Vardy informed her agent she “needed paying” for details about former Leicester Metropolis participant Danny Drinkwater leaving police custody after crashing his automotive in 2019.

Danny Drinkwater (left) was Jamie Vardy's team-mate at Leicester
Danny Drinkwater (left) was Jamie Vardy’s team-mate at Leicester

The footballer was banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to finish 70 hours of neighborhood service after pleading responsible to drink driving.

The court docket was informed Vardy despatched a message to her agent Caroline Watt to inform her that Drinkwater had been arrested.

“Danny Drinkwater arrested… Crashed his automotive drunk with 2 ladies in it… each in hospital one with damaged ribs,” court docket paperwork present.

Ms Watt informed Vardy that “they” must affirm with the police “earlier than they write it” – Mr Sherborne stated this meant The Solar, which Vardy confirmed.

Mr Sherborne stated to Vardy that, regardless of understanding Drinkwater, she was ready to leak a story on him – to which she replied: “Sure on that event due to the behaviour, I was.”

Vardy was questioned about messages she sent to her agent regarding Riyad Mahrez not turning up to a training session in 2018
Vardy was questioned about messages she despatched to her agent relating to Riyad Mahrez not turning as much as a coaching session in 2018

Questions have been additionally raised over Manchester Metropolis footballer Riyad Mahrez, with Vardy being requested about messages she despatched to Ms Watt about him not turning as much as a coaching session in 2018.

Vardy informed Ms Watt: “Lads are fuming.”

Talking in court docket, she defined: “It was hypothesis of simply bits of knowledge that I had heard and overheard, and in addition learn within the press earlier than.

“Sure, it does not look good there, I was gossiping about issues that have been already within the public area. I was simply gossiping.”

She denied an accusation her agent handed data to The Solar about fellow Leicester gamers’ reactions to Mr Mahrez lacking the session.

The ‘pregnant lady leak’

Mr Sherborne went on to ask Vardy a few message change with Ms Watt in regards to the mannequin, Danielle Lloyd.

Vardy stated she was referring to Ms Lloyd, her Maldives honeymoon and her miscarriage through the dialog.

Mr Sherborne stated Vardy had informed her agent to “leak the Maldives stuff” in relation to, what he known as, the “pregnant lady leak”.

Vardy claimed that her message associated to a screenshotted article in {a magazine} about Ms Lloyd “speaking about her Maldives honeymoon and her unlucky miscarriage”.

She stated Ms Lloyd was “not somebody in my circle”, and she disagreed together with her about child “gender choice”.

In 2019, an article appeared in The Solar about Rooney apparently travelling for gender choice – one of many false tales planted by Rooney that’s on the coronary heart of this case.

One other article that has already been talked about within the trial is one regarding Rooney’s automotive crash in early 2019.

Vardy denies Ms Watt was ‘monitoring’ Rooney’s non-public Instagram account

The court docket heard that Rooney had posted one thing on her non-public Instagram account in regards to the accident and Vardy conceded that she had directed Ms Watt to have a look at the publish.

In a message change, Ms Watt requested her: “Am I imagining this or did you say yesterday that Coleen had crashed her Honda?” the court docket heard.

“She defo has … Go within the Instagram,” Mrs Vardy replied, in line with court docket paperwork.

Mr Sherborne defined that Ms Watt was utilizing Vardy’s Instagram account to entry Rooney’s non-public Instagram account, because it was solely seen to these accredited by Rooney.

Nevertheless, Vardy denied that she had any data of Ms Watt “monitoring” the account.

Wayne Rooney was again in court to support his wife, Coleen
Wayne Rooney was once more in court docket to assist his spouse, Coleen

Sitting behind Rooney on the 2016 Euros

Mr Sherborne went on to speak about an article printed within the Each day Mirror in 2016 in regards to the Euros.

He informed the court docket Vardy had been accused of making an attempt to realize publicity through the match, which happened in France, by sitting behind Rooney at a match.

Vardy branded the suggestion as “ridiculous” and claimed she was not informed she would get “good picture protection” if she sat behind Rooney.

The court docket has beforehand heard that each girls have spent “tons of of 1000’s of kilos” on the case thus far, with the full prices of the case anticipated to be at the very least £2m.

The pretend tales Rooney planted on her Instagram through the sting operation featured her travelling to Mexico for a “gender choice” process, her planning to return to TV, and the basement flooding at her house.

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