Trial of Rebekah Vardy – live: Coleen Rooney resumes evidence in ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel battle


Rebekah Vardy told the court she didn’t reveal any stories about Coleen Rooney

Coleen Rooney will return to the High Court witness stand in London for her libel battle against Rebekah Vardy, the wife of a fellow footballer.

The 36-year-old began testifying in the case on Friday, telling the court she felt publicly naming Ms Vardy’s Instagram account as the alleged source of leaks to the press was her “last resort”.

Ms Rooney, the wife of former England star Wayne Rooney, also said she didn’t tell anyone about the “stab” operation – which earned her the nickname “Wagatha Christie” – to find out how information from her private Instagram got in the hands of The sun.

This 2019 social media post, which blamed Ms Vardy’s account for the leaks, is at the heart of the trial.

Ms Vardy, who is married to Premier League forward Jamie Vardy, denies the allegations and is suing Ms Rooney for defamation.

It was reported over the weekend that her agent had tried to dissuade her from taking legal action.


Vardy and Rooney arrive

Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney have arrived at the High Court on the fifth day of their hearing.

Rebekah Vardy arrives at the High Court on Monday


Coleen Rooney arrives at the High Court on Monday


Zoe TidmanMay 16, 2022 10:12 am


What did Coleen Rooney say in court on Friday?

Coleen Rooney will comment shortly.

She testified for the first time at the trial on Friday after Rebekah Vardy finished her testimony.

Here’s a reminder of what was said:

Zoe TidmanMay 16, 2022 9:54 am


How Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy’s feud unfolded

Before the process begins again, here is a brief summary of what the dispute is about:

Zoe TidmanMay 16, 2022 09:52


Who is Rebekah Vardy?

Our political sketchwriter, Tom Pickhas been following the process that started last week.

He took a closer look at the woman behind it:

Zoe TidmanMay 16, 2022 09:01


Agent ‘begged Vardy not to sue Rooney’

It was reported over the weekend that Rebekah Vardy’s agent – who plays a central role in the trial – was trying to talk the 40-year-old out of legal action.

Caroline Watt is not expected to take a stand at the High Court trial but her messages with Ms Vardy were read out.

More information on Ms Watt and the other key players in the case can be found here:

Zoe TidmanMay 16, 2022 08:42


What has the process seen so far?

Before the process begins again, here’s a reminder of what’s happened so far:

Day One: Peter Andre ‘chipolata’ interview, online abuse and Wagatha Christie nickname

Day Two: Unfollow Riyad Mahrez, Danny Drinkwater, and Instagram

Day three: tears in the stands, missing news and the title “Leader of the WAGs”.

Day Four: Marriage Difficulties Post by Wagatha Christie and Andre “Sorry”

Zoe TidmanMay 16, 2022 08:20


When does rehearsal start today?

The trial is scheduled to resume at 10.30am today when cross-examination of Coleen Rooney resumes.

So far, she was only expected to testify in the morning, but it may take until the afternoon.

Depending on the times, some other witnesses might get time on the stand today.

Zoe TidmanMay 16, 2022 8:00 am


Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the “Wagatha Christie” defamation trial in which Coleen Rooney is expected to return to the witness stand today.

Zoe TidmanMay 16, 2022 07:43 Trial of Rebekah Vardy – live: Coleen Rooney resumes evidence in ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel battle

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