Wagatha Christie: Rebekah Vardy to complete evidence today after claims WhatsApp messages with agent were ‘harmless gossip’

Rebekah Vardy has denied lying in her “Wagatha Christie” defamation trial at the High Court in London, as she insisted she didn’t know if her agent was “stalking” Coleen Rooney.

The two Wags are at war over Rooney’s 2019 bombshell disclosure. She suspected former girlfriend Vardy of leaking stories about her to The Sun newspaper.

As evidence, Ms Vardy said yesterday texts between her and agent Caroline Watt – allegedly about leaking information about cheating footballers, model Danielle Lloyd and former Leicester midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Riyad Mahrez – looked bad but were just “gossip”. .

David Sherborne, representing Ms. Rooney, showed the court news of a picture posted to Rooney’s personal Instagram account, which Vardy believed showed one of the Rooney children without a seatbelt heading to school.

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“Yes it is, but on her private Instagram, so I can’t relate to that,” Ms Watt replied.

Mr Sherborne suggested that Vardy “was perfectly aware that (Ms Watt) was monitoring Ms Rooney’s account,” noting that Vardy said under oath yesterday that she was unaware that her agent was monitoring the private Instagram -Have seen other people’s information about their login.

“She had to search Mrs. Rooney’s account,” said Mr. Sherborne.

Vardy told the court: “I didn’t know that she purposely went to people’s Instagrams to verify information or to see what they posted. We just clapped.” She added, “She never said she tracked her account.”

Mr Sherborne told her: “Our case is so far from knowing what happened, Ms Watt looked through Ms Rooney’s private Instagram account with your permission.

“You knew exactly what she was doing and you condoned it.”

“No, that’s not true,” Vardy replied.

Mr Sherborne suggested Vardy could not admit she knew of Ms Watt’s alleged activities as “the last shred of your case would disappear”.

“I didn’t admit that,” she said.

“It’s a lie, isn’t it,” said Mr. Sherborne, to which Vardy replied, “No.”

Conclude

Jokes at war: Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney arrive at court in London yesterday. Photos: Aaron Chown and John Sibley

Previously, Vardy said she was “absolutely kidding” when she told her agent to publish a story about an affair between a footballer and a famous married television personality.

News from September 2018 shows Vardy urging Ms Watt to “leak the story” about the TV star’s “fucking up”. [another man] Behind [her partner’s] return”.

Vardy accepted the messages were read as if she were conducting a leak, but she told the court: “That’s how it reads, but in context it’s scraps of information with other scraps of information.

“I was absolutely just joking about it. I’ve been gossiping, this (information) has been circling quite a bit.

“I used the word ‘leak’ where I probably shouldn’t use the word ‘leak’.”

Vardy said she read news about the woman involved and said she was “shocked and disgusted” but denied orchestrating a leak about the affair.

“Our WhatsApps were sometimes outrageous, sometimes totally inappropriate,” she said of the messages with Ms Watt.

“It’s a lot of conversation between friends gossiping and making fun of people.

“Yes, they don’t read very well, but there are always explanations for them. This wasn’t just someone I knew, this was a friend.”

Vardy said it was “a bit of harmless gossip” as she considered tipping off a reporter about her husband’s team-mate Riyad Mahrez’s strike.

News broadcast in court showed Vardy telling her agent Caroline Watt Mahrez failed to show up for training at Leicester in February 2018 when she tried to force a move to Manchester City, adding: “The lads are furious”. She is then accused of agreeing to Ms Watt’s suggestion that the information could be passed to a Sky Sports News reporter, with the caveat: “I just don’t want it to come back to me.”

Conclude

Coleen Rooney arrives outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London as the high profile libel fight between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney enters its second day.

Asked about the incident and accused of breaking the trust of Leicester and her husband, Vardy called the news “speculation” and “gossip”.

“It’s not looking good,” she told the High Court.

“I was gossiping about things that were already in the public domain and the press camped outside the training ground and took pictures of players going in and out.

Urged by Sherborne that she spoke about leaked messages from the Leicester dressing room, Vardy said she wasn’t sure Mahrez’s team-mates were “raging”. She said: “I didn’t know that at all.”

Vardy insisted the information was not shared with Sky News, adding: “We only had gossip about something that was already in the public domain.

Vardy accepted trying to divulge information about footballer Danny Drinkwater when he was arrested for drunk driving and had a “fleeting” thought that she wanted to pay for the story.

However, she said the tip was not followed by The Sun because journalists already knew about the arrest.

Mrs Vardy will finish her hearing this afternoon.

The case resumes at 10:30 a.m. today.

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