The High Court heard that Rebekah Vardy was trying to sell a story about Danny Drinkwater, her husband Jamie Vardy’s former team-mate at Leicester City football club
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Rebekah Vardy tried to sell story about Chelsea footballer Danny Drinkwater’s arrest, High Court heard
WhatsApp messages between Vardy and her agent Caroline Watt were exposed in the recent High Court Wagatha Christie skirmish.
Vardy, 40, is suing Coleen Rooney, 36, for defamation after she accused her of “leaking” false stories about the Rooneys in October 2019.
In messages released to the court, Vardy told Watt, “Story … Danny Drinkwater arrested […] Crashed his car while drunk with 2 girls in it…both in hospital, one with broken ribs x.
Vardy clarified details about the car and location, adding: “I want to pay for this x.”
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Drinkwater, a former Leicester City team-mate of Vardy’s husband Jamie, has been arrested for drunk driving after he crashed his Range Rover in early 2019.
Watt said she sent the story to Sun journalist Andy Halls. She said he “replied immediately,” which the newspaper already knew.
Drinkwater, 32, on loan at Reading, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 70 hours of unpaid labour.
Rooney’s lawyers previously claimed Ms Vardy disclosed information to The Sun either directly or through Watt “at her direction or with her knowing consent”.
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Rooney, the wife of Derby County boss Wayne, 36, accused Vardy of leaking stories after conducting a months-long “sting operation” and placing false information on her private Instagram, which has been made public.
Vardy denies the allegations and is suing Rooney for defamation. The case will depend on whether Rooney can prove Vardy was personally responsible for leaking the stories from her Instagram page.
Yesterday, Rooney sought a warrant ordering nine Sun journalists to release details of communications with Vardy about them.
Mrs. Justice Steyn issued an injunction against Halls only. She said the request for the other eight would be a “fishing expedition.”
The Supreme Court heard that medical reasons prevented Watt from making oral testimony at next month’s trial and had withdrawn her written testimony.
The defamation trial, set to begin on May 9, is expected to last seven days.
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