In a judgment released today, it emerged that Coleen Rooney previously claimed that Rebekah Vardy “directly disclosed private information” about Danielle Lloyd’s pregnancy – but later retracted that allegation from her Wagatha case
Coleen Rooney has retracted an allegation that Rebekah Vardy leaked information about Danielle Lloyd’s pregnancy, Wagatha Christie’s latest court documents reveal.
Coleen, 36, withdrew the bombshell lawsuit from her newly amended defense, but it was released today as part of the latest verdict in the ongoing litigation.
Ex-England player Wayne’s wife was nicknamed “Wagatha Christie” when she publicly claimed Rebekah shared with The Sun newspaper fake stories she posted on her personal Instagram account.
Rebekah, 40, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, is suing Coleen for defamation of the allegations after she has vehemently denied them.
In 2020, Rebekah’s legal team filed documents denying that she had revealed details about Danielle’s pregnancy.
They read: “The conclusion that the Claimant disclosed Ms. Lloyd’s medical information to third parties is ambiguous and incorrect.
“The suggestion that this disclosure was ‘revenge’ for comments made by Ms. Lloyd is preposterous and incorrect.”
Both WAGs have spent thousands in the protracted legal battle, with the case set to go to court next month.
In a pretrial review earlier this month, Rebekah requested that portions of Coleen’s testimony be deleted and that she provide revised testimony, with the judge making her decision today.
Rebekah requested the deletion of approximately 111 paragraphs and portions of 16 other paragraphs from Coleen’s testimony, which is 300 paragraphs and 61 pages long.
The judge accepted that about 86 paragraphs, or portions of those paragraphs, were removed from Coleen’s testimony.
These included a paragraph referred to as Paragraph 285, which Rebekah “alleges” contained “material previously crossed out from the defense,” although later in the document it was made clear that Coleen retracted it.
Paragraph 285 reads: “Danielle and Becky have also previously had altercations over Becky leaking screen shots of her conversations with Danielle to the press, receiving private medical information about Danielle and Danielle being told by a journalist at The Mail ‘ Was told that Becky is the secret WAG.’
According to the judgment, Coleen had previously withdrawn a claim from the amended defense relating to Danielle’s pregnancy, which read: “In addition, the Claimant has also directly disclosed private information about others with whom she is friends or associated, such as… Danielle Lloyd’s pregnancy…”
In the court filing, Judge Steyn continues: “This has been expanded in paragraph 15(46)(f) which alleges that the plaintiff was unlawfully obtained information about a medical procedure performed by Danielle Lloyd, giving details in eight subparagraphs became.”
“Indeed, the reference to the disclosure of Ms Lloyd’s confidential medical information was retracted rather than removed. Following Plaintiff’s motion to delete various parts of the amended Defense, Defendant withdrew the matters raised in paragraphs 15(45) and (46) (and consequently also 15(32)(h).”
Continuing, Ms. Judge Steyn Rooney’s legal team indicated that “the court is under no obligation to further consider the matters raised there ‘that are not being pursued'”.
In relation to her ruling on paragraph 285, Ms Justice Steyn ruled that the following parts of the statement: “Disclosure to the press of screen shots of her conversations with Danielle” and “Your collection of private medical information about Danielle” should be removed.
She added, “There is no allegation (much less a pleaded allegation) that plaintiff disclosed in very broad terms the private information referred to herein.”
However, Ms Justice Steyn let the claim about the Secret WAG being a column in The Sun stand, adding: “Although it’s hearsay, the issue of weight is now not a matter of choice.”
The paragraph was one of 18 referred to under a section in Coleen’s testimony as “reacting to the post-other people,” and Vardy argued “that these paragraphs are hearsay and unsubstantiated evidence of similar facts.”
However, Coleen argued that the 18 parts in question are “relevant as they assist in the development of the defendants and in strengthening their continued belief that” their October 2019 post on Instagram is accurate and assisting in their defense of the truth.
In response to Rebekah’s request that part of Coleen’s testimony be deleted, Coleen objected to Rebekah’s testimony, which consists of 118 paragraphs and 39 pages.
That motion was denied, with Ms Justice Steyn saying: “While the defendant’s testimony contains much that is mere recitation, commentary and argument, the same cannot be said of the plaintiff’s testimony. In my opinion, the objections to the plaintiff’s testimony are either ill-founded or, to the extent that they are valid, can rightly be characterized as subtle objections to a few sentences.”
In a further ruling today, Ms Justice Steyn admitted a series of written summaries – detailing what witnesses are to say based on instructions from Ms Vardy and her agent – on behalf of journalists from The Sun to be part of the case.
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