Rebekah Vardy branded Coleen Rooney a 'c**t' after being unfollowed, court hears

Rebekah Vardy branded Coleen Rooney a ‘c**t’ to her agent after she was unfollowed on social media, the High Court has heard on day two of the pair’s legal battle.

Vardy and Rooney returned to the Royal Courts of Justice in London today, with Vardy re-entering the witness box to continue facing questions from Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne.

Yesterday the anticipated trial began, after Vardy sued Rooney for libel following Rooney’s accusation her fellow WAG had leaked ‘false stories’ to the media, which Vardy denies.

During questioning from Mr Sherborne, Vardy was quizzed on various texts sent to her agent, Caroline Watt, including one in which she labelled Rooney – who was sitting in the front row of the courtroom – a ‘c**t’ after she was unfollowed by her on Instagram.

Mr Sherborne said it was Vardy’s agent who messaged her to inform her what had happened.

‘Oh my god, you say, I just saw, what a c***t,’ he told the court, explaining that the exchange came after the alleged leak of information about Rooney being in a car crash from her private Instagram.

Vardy said it was ‘not true’ the car crash post had been leaked by Watt to The Sun.

Mr Sherborne said Watt came up with a ‘lie’ that her laptop had been left with ‘one of the girls’ at her company.

Vardy also denied the suggestion it was ‘standard practice’ for her to leak private information to the newspaper via her agent.

While questioning her over an alleged leak of a story about a footballer, referred to in court only as Mr X, being unfaithful to his partner, Mr Sherborne said: ‘That was standard practice, wasn’t it, that you gave information to Ms Watt and she would give it to the Sun?’ to which she replied: ‘No.’

Vardy had said she was ‘just joking’ when she discussed with her agent leaking a story about a woman allegedly cheating on her husband.

She added: ‘Again, in context, bits of information mixed in with other bits of information. I was actually just joking about that one.’

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In October 2019 Rooney accused fellow WAG Vardy of leaking ‘false stories’ about her private life to the media, after she said she carried out a months-long ‘sting operation’.

The wife of former England star Wayne Rooney was dubbed ‘Wagatha Christie’ when she publicly claimed her fellow footballer’s wife shared three fake stories she’d planted on her personal Instagram account, that only Vardy’s account was able to see, with The Sun newspaper.

These fake stories included Rooney travelling to Mexico for a ‘gender selection’ procedure, her planning to return to TV, as well as the basement flooding at her home.

Rooney wrote on social media at the time: ‘I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them.

‘It’s ………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.’

At the time, Rooney’s post was widely shared and heavily parodied on social media, including by the Twitter account of Jeremy Corbyn, then-leader of the Labour Party.

Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, denies the accusations and is suing Rooney for libel.

Under English defamation law, the burden of proof now will be on Rooney to prove that her post was ‘substantially true’.

Yesterday Rooney’s barrister said that she was appearing in the courtroom ‘not because she wants to, she’s here because she has to be’.

He said: ‘She’s been brought here because of something she wrote.

‘She didn’t want to have to write it any more than she wants to be here.’

Mr Sherborne said social media could be used ‘to share things that you would rather the world didn’t know’, adding: ‘That was the point of her (Mrs Rooney’s) private Instagram account.’

Yesterday also saw Vardy faced with questions over previous comments made on Peter Andre’s penis, as well as claims she left Harry Maguire’s fiancee ’embarrassed’ after allegedly ‘tipping off paparazzi’.

It was also found yesterday footballer Mr Rooney will give evidence to the court during the trial, which is expected to last seven days.

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