Wagatha Christie trial: Rebekah Vardy denies willing to ‘lie under oath’

Rebekah Vardy has denied being willing to “lie under oath” as she said talks with her agent about leaking information and receiving payments were “never serious,” the Supreme Court has heard.

The mother-of-five, who testified on day two of the “Wagatha Christie” defamation trial, claimed she had no idea her agent Caroline Watt was “constantly monitoring” Coleen Rooney’s Instagram account.

In a viral social media post in October 2019, Coleen Rooney, 36, said she had had “stabbing surgery” and accused Ms Vardy, 40, of telling the press “false stories” about her personal life.

Ms Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, denies leaking stories to the media and is suing her fellow footballer’s wife for defamation, while Ms Rooney defends claims that her post is “essentially true.” ” may be.

On Wednesday, Ms Vardy was questioned by Ms Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborne, about alleged inconsistencies between her evidence in court and her testimony.

In her written statement, Ms Vardy said: “I was sometimes in the heat of action during conversations with Caroline discussing ‘leaks’ and payment, but those conversations were never serious and Caroline would have understood that.

“I have never been paid for private information about anyone other than myself or my family.”

The court previously heard Ms Vardy tell her agent she wanted to “pay” for information about then-Chelsea player Danny Drinkwater, who left police custody after crashing his car in 2019.

Drinking water was banned from roads for 20 months and sentenced to 70 hours of community service after pleading guilty to drunk driving.

Mr Sherborne asked Ms Vardy if she still stood by testimony, to which she replied: “Yes, apart from Danny Drinkwater’s.”


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. Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Mr Sherborne said: “Well, there is one exception.”

The lawyer said, “I’m telling you, when you say in this testimony that those conversations were never serious and Caroline would have understood that, that’s completely wrong, isn’t it?”

“No, it’s not,” she replied.

He continued, “What this shows, Mrs. Vardy, is that you are willing to lie under oath.”

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She replied, “No.”

Ms Vardy conceded in court that it was “undeniable” that her agent saw something on Ms Rooney’s Instagram account, but said she had no knowledge that Ms Watt “monitored” it.

Mr Sherborne stressed that Ms Vardy had agreed on day one of the trial that it would have been “wrong” for Ms Watt to have viewed people’s private Instagram accounts through Ms Vardy’s account.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ms Vardy told the court she was “just joking” when questioned about an allegation she told Ms Watt to publish a story about a celebrity having an affair with a footballer.

Mr Sherborne told the court Ms Vardy texted her agent: “Oh my god have you seen how misbehaving Ms F is… I’m actually disgusted with her x” followed by a message “Lick the story about her shagging G behind Hs back”.


Rebekah Vardy leaves the Royal Courts Of Justice in London as the high profile libel battle between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney finally goes to court. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Asked about the news, Ms Vardy said: “I was only joking when I said that comment.”

“Ms Watt doesn’t think you’re joking when you say that,” Mr. Sherborne replied.

Ms Vardy later denied a suggestion that it was “standard practice” for her to disclose private information to her The sun Newspaper about Mrs. Watt.

The court had previously heard Ms Vardy instructed Ms Watt to look at Ms Rooney’s private Instagram posts after she was involved in a car crash.

The court was told how, in an exchange in January 2019, Ms Watt asked Ms Vardy, “Is it my imagination or did you say yesterday that Coleen crashed her Honda?” the court heard.

“She definitely has… Go to Instagram,” Ms Vardy replied, according to court documents.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ms Vardy told the court: “Ms Watt and I have been friends for a long time, at times our WhatsApps have been outrageous.

“These are conversations between friends gossiping … They don’t read very well, but there’s always an explanation.”

Ms Vardy also said she “just clapped” when asked about messages sent to her agent about the failure of one of her husband’s then-teammates to come to training in 2018.

Mr Sherborne read a message from Ms Vardy to Ms Watt about then-Leicester City footballer Riyad Mahrez not showing up for training and told Ms Watt “the lads are furious”.

Ms Vardy said: “It was speculation based on very little information that I had heard and overheard and also read in the press before.”

She added: “Yeah, it’s not looking good there, I’ve been gossiping about things that were already in the public domain. I was just clapping.”

She denied an allegation to which her agent had leaked information The sun on the reaction of other Leicester players to Mr Mahrez’s lack of training.

Asked if Ms Watt told the newspaper other players were “angry” about the incident, she said: “That is absolutely not true.”

Ms Vardy later denied a suggestion that it was “standard practice” for her to disclose private information to her The sun Newspaper about Mrs. Watt.

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