Rebekah Vardy’s agent appeared to admit leaking information about Coleen Rooney’s ‘car crash’ to reporters, a court heard.
During VardyOn the third day on the witness stand in the closely watched ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel trial, jurors heard how an article had appeared in The Sun newspaper about Rooney run over his Honda.
Text messages between Vardy and his agent Caroline Watt showed that Ms Watt appeared to admit to leaking the information.
In a viral post on social media in 2019Rooney has accused Vardy of leaking “false stories” about him to the media.
Vardy, the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, is now bringing a defamation claim against fellow countryman WAG, who is the wife of former England player Wayne Rooney.
The High Court hearing had to be halted twice on Thursday after Vardy got angry.
Questioning Vardy, Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborne, published an article in The Sun in early 2019 about Rooney crashing his car.
Rooney had posted a photo of the damaged Honda on his private Instagram account three days prior.
Mr Sherborne read texts between Vardy and Ms Watt, where the agent told the TV personality: ‘I would have tried to do a story about Coleen but the evidence was suppressed.’
She continued: “Halls is trying to make a story about Coleen crashing her car but her PR isn’t even responding. I told her I’m 100 per cent convinced it happened but I don’t know how. “
“Halls” appeared to refer to Sun reporter Andy Halls, the court heard.
Rooney later said she didn’t actually crash the car, but another car drove into hers, the court heard.
Other highlights from Thursday:
- Vardy accused of suggesting texting Rooney about her sister’s death anniversary as ‘a peg’ to contact her
- Prosecution accused Vardy of having ‘selective amnesia’ over deleted posts
- They also say that Vardy’s agent “stopped cooperating a while ago” in terms of accessing his devices.
“He was not someone she trusted. It was me’
Responding to questions from Rooney’s attorney, Vardy said she didn’t believe her agent was “passing on any new information.”
Later, Rooney posted a tweet saying he was “sad” that someone following her was “betraying” her.
In a private WhatsApp chat, Ms Watt discussed the tweet with Vardy and wrote ‘It wasn’t someone she trusted. It was me’ along with a laughing face emoji.
Mr Sherborne asked Vardy if this appeared to show Ms Watt admitting to leaking information to the reporter.
She replied, “That seems to be what she’s saying, but I’m just looking at the schedules, at 6:47 p.m. I’m giving the kids a bath, there’s no response from me.”
Pressed further, Vardy said her next post was about Gemma Collins “faceplanting” on Dancing On Ice.
“Who is Davey Jones?
The court also heard how a ‘catalogue’ of ‘unfortunate events’ led to messages from Ms Watt’s phone being unavailable to the court.
Jurors were reminded that Ms Watt’s phone had fallen into the North Sea, and Mr Sherborne said the messages between the agent and the Sun reporter “now lay at the bottom of the sea in the locker of David Jones”.
Ms Vardy replied: “Who is Davy Jones?”
“It means at the bottom of the sea,” said Madam Justice Steyn.
Other “unfortunate events” that led to the missing messages also included Vardy’s laptop having to be disposed of because it was “damaged beyond repair”, the prosecution said.
Mr Sherborne asked Vardy what happened to the messages exchanged between October 15, 2019 and July 25, 2020, as the break in the laptop did not take into account their unavailability.
The TV personality said she may have changed her phone, but she didn’t know.
Vardy compared Rooney to ‘arguing with a pigeon’
She was also asked about an interview she gave to the Daily Mail after Rooney’s viral post featured her as the alleged leaker.
Asked if she argued with Rooney after the post, Vardy told the newspaper: “It would be like arguing with a pigeon. You can tell her you’re right and that’s wrong, but it’s still going to give a fuck. your hair.”
Addressing the court, Vardy said she was “desperately” trying to “diffuse” the situation and “rightly or wrongly” granted the interview.
In the article, she said “about a dozen” people had her Instagram ID and password, so any of them could have seen Rooney’s private posts on the app.
But Mr Sherborne said: ‘We now know that’s not true, don’t we?
Vardy said she was “not thinking properly” at the time.
The infamous WAG photo
The forties also denied having “orchestrated” a photograph wives and girlfriends of footballers at the 2018 World Cup.
Mr Sherborne referred to an exchange of messages between Vardy and his agent, in which Ms Watt said she had ‘chosen a photographer for tomorrow’ and Vardy replied ‘OK’.
Vardy said Ms Watt arranged for a photographer to take her picture as she left her hotel, but denied giving the photographer the location of the hotel or restaurant she went to the same evening with a group of wives and girlfriends from the England team. .
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