The stage is set for football WAGs Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy as they take on day three of their much-anticipated defamation trial.
In 2019, the wife of England footballer-turned-manager Wayne Rooney sensationally accused Vardy, the wife of Leicester City player Jamie Vardy, of leaking stories to The Sun newspaper.
Vardy who vehemently denied the allegations against her, responded by slapping Rooney with a defamation lawsuit.
Here’s a look at what day three has in store.
Who will compete on Day 3?
Vardy, who is married to Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy, is expected to return to the stand on Thursday to finish her statement.
She is the only person to take a stand on day three.
On Wednesday, Vardy broke down in tears when asked about the trolling she received over the allegations.
Who will take a stand in the coming days?
Rooney is then expected to comment on Friday and be ready to testify by Monday morning.
Rooney’s witnesses – Joe McLoughlin, Paul Stretford, Ian Monk, Rachel Monk and Mark Whittle – are scheduled to testify Monday afternoon.
Her husband Wayne Rooney is scheduled to take the stand on Tuesday.
Attorneys for both Vardy and Rooney are expected to deliver their closing arguments on Wednesday, bringing the trial to a close.
On day two of the trial, Rooney’s attorney, David Sherborne, was investigating Vardy over a series of text messages she wrote to her agent, Caroline Watt, BBC News reported.
The WAG denied leaking stories through text exchanges with Watt. Vardy said her messages were “just gossip”.
However, Vardy admitted she tried to get The Sun newspaper a story about footballer Danny Drinkwater being arrested for drunk driving and told the court her attempt was a one off.
On Tuesday, Rooney accused Vardy of cheating on her by leaking made-up stories to the tabloids. “The essence of this case is treason,” Sherborne said in opening the written submissions early in the trial.
In court, Rooney’s attorney claimed Vardy was “responsible for her regularly abusing her status as a trusted follower [Rooney’s] personal Instagram account by secretly informing The Sun about it [Rooney’s] private posts and stories.”
Vardy’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson said she wanted to “defend her reputation” after being hit with “false allegations”.
He said Vardy and her family were “exposed to abuse and threats” and “taunted and verbally abused at football games” and “joking endlessly” over the allegations, the Standard reported.
Vardy’s attorney told the court there was “no irrefutable evidence” that she was the person behind the leaks.
How did it all start?
In October 2019, Rooney shared a lengthy post about her Twitter and Instagram accounts, suggesting that “for a number of years, someone I have trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been constantly updating The SUN newspaper with my private posts and stories.”
Rooney said “after a long time trying to figure out who it could be, for a variety of reasons,” she had a gut feeling and formulated a plan for how she might oust this mystery person.
Rooney noted that she “saved all of the original stories and took screenshots clearly showing only one person viewed them,” and claimed it was “Rebekah Vardy’s account.”
Vardy addressed the allegations on Twitter the same day and tagged Rooney in her post.
“As I just told you on the phone, I wish you would have called me if that’s what you thought.” She tweeted in 2019.
Vardy continued that “various people have had access” to her Instagram account over the years, adding, “Just this week I realized I’m following people I didn’t know and never followed myself. “
Vardy said she was “disgusted” at “having to even deny it” and said that “you should have called me the first time this happened”.
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