Three “false” stories that Coleen Rooney allegedly uploaded to her personal Instagram account during a month-long “stab operation” are at the center of her defamation battle with Rebekah Vardy.
In her now-famous ‘Reveal’ social media post in October 2019, Ms Rooney claimed that her fellow footballer’s wife’s account was the only one to have seen the posts and claimed that information was leaked from them to The Sun newspaper been taken – something Ms Vardy denies being responsible for.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the court hearings over the social media posts:
The contribution to gender selection
A screenshot of the “Gender Selection Post” posted on Coleen Rooney’s Instagram account
Ms Rooney claims to have made this “stab surgery” post about a so-called gender selection treatment on April 8, 2019.
The post featured a photo of the back seat of an airplane overlaid with the caption, “Let’s go and see what this gender selection is all about.”
She claims the made-up post on Instagram was only marked as “seen” by Ms Vardy’s account, with her lawyers providing a screenshot to the Supreme Court.
In August of that year, the Sun ran an article claiming that Ms Rooney had traveled to Mexico to see the treatment.
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The story, which bears the endorsement of journalist Andy Halls, is headlined: “COL’S BABY GIRL BID Coleen Rooney traveled to Mexico to deal with the £8,000 ‘sex selection’ treatment in a desperate attempt to have a baby to get”.
The article, which referenced “a source” and “friends,” claimed Ms Rooney was “so desperate that her fifth baby will be a girl” that she wants to learn more about a process “where doctors use embryos before the implantation in a lab examine only those of the desired sex back into the womb”.
Contribution to TV decisions
A privately fabricated post about planning a return to television was published on September 25, 2019, Ms Rooney claims.
She says it contained a “selfie” and the caption “Up and out!! Make my way back to work easier!! TV decisions today…. Maybe it’s time for Australia,” claiming it was only seen by Ms Vardy’s account.
A Sun article was published three days later, authored by Michael Hamilton and headlined “ROO-MBA Coleen Rooney in talks to join Strictly next year as she tries to revive TV career when Wayne returns to UK”. .
Citing an anonymous source, it claimed to exclusively reveal that Ms Rooney was “involved in talks with producers”, “could host a fashion show” and “could do well” with the TV show Strictly Come Dancing.
The court was told that Mr Hamilton denied that Ms Vardy or her agent, Caroline Watt, was the source of the article.
Ms Rooney’s lawyers have accepted that the post and article “are not entirely consistent” but argue that the timing was “very tight” and fueled Ms Rooney’s suspicions about the leak of her information and therefore supports her defence that the covert operation was underway was public interest.
The flooded basement post
The “flooded basement post” uploaded to Coleen Rooney’s Instagram account
Ms Rooney says she shared false information about her basement flooding on October 2, 2019 in another Sting Operation post.
She again claimed to the High Court that the post was only viewed from Ms Vardy’s Instagram account.
Her lawyers shared a screenshot of the post, showing a bottle of wine, overlaid with the caption, “Needed after today…flooded basement of our new house…when everything seemed to be going so well.”
On October 8th The Sun ran a story with Simon Boyle’s byline and the headline: “IN ROO-INS Wayne and Coleen Rooney’s £20million ‘Morrisons’ mansion’ flooded during Storm Lorenzo”.
The article, which cited a “source close to the couple”, claimed to reveal bad weather had “wrought havoc” at a Cheshire property, with Ms Rooney “called to find the basement had flooded”. .
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