Rebekah Vardy trial — live: Coleen Rooney to resume evidence in court libel battle

<p>Coleen Rooney is set to resume giving evidence in her libel battle with Rebekah Vardy</p>

Coleen Rooney is set to resume giving evidence in her libel battle with Rebekah Vardy


Coleen Rooney is set to return to the witness stand at the High Court in London for her libel battle against fellow footballer’s wife Rebekah Vardy.

The 36-year-old started giving evidence on Friday for the case, telling the court she felt publicly naming Ms Vardy’s Instagram account as the suspected source of leaks to the press was her “last resort”.

Ms Rooney, the wife of former England star Wayne Rooney, also said she did not tell anyone about the ”sting” operation – which earned her the nickname “Wagatha Christie” – to try and find out how information from her private Instagram was getting in the hands of The Sun.

This 2019 social media post that blamed the leaks on Ms Vardy’s account is at the heart of the trial.

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

It was reported at the weekend her agent had tried to talk her out of pursuing legal action.


Agent ‘pleaded with Vardy to not sue Rooney’

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

Caroline Watt is not expected to be taking the stand in the High Court trial, but her messages with Ms Vardy have been read out.

For more on Ms Watt, as well as the other key players in the case, read here:

Zoe Tidman16 May 2022 08:42


What has the trial seen so far?

Before the trial gets going again, here is a reminder of what has happened so far:

First day: Peter Andre ‘chipolata’ interview, online abuse and Wagatha Christie nickname

Second day: Riyad Mahrez, Danny Drinkwater, and Instagram unfollow

Third day: Tears in stand, missing messages and ‘leader of the WAGs’ title

Fourth day: Marriage troubles, Wagatha Christie post and Andre ‘apology’

Zoe Tidman16 May 2022 08:20


What time will trial start today?

The trial is expected to kick back off at 10.30am today, when Coleen Rooney’s cross-examination is set to continue.

She was previously expected to just give evidence in the morning, but it may run until the afternoon.

Depending on timings, some other witnesses could get time in the witness box today.

Zoe Tidman16 May 2022 08:00


Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the “Wagatha Christie” libel trial, which is expected to see Coleen Rooney retake the stand today.

Zoe Tidman16 May 2022 07:43


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