Vardy admits knowing an agent sent private details of Rooney to The Sun | Rebecca Vardy
Rebekah Vardy has admitted knowing her agent was passing private information about Coleen Rooney to a Sun reporter.
Vardy, who denies leaking stories from Rooney’s private Instagram account to the same newspaper and has brought a multi-million pound libel claim in an attempt to clear his name, admitted it under cross-examination in the High Court .
Vardy told the ongoing “Wagatha Christie” defamation lawsuit that she “didn’t think [her agent] forward any new information” to Sun reporter Andy Halls for a story about Rooney allegedly crashing his car.
The wife of Leicester City player Jamie Vardy insisted the Sun already knew the key details of the story in question and therefore could not be the original source.
Rooney’s attorney, David Sherborne, asked Vardy: “Did you at any time object to Ms Watt clearly passing information from Ms Rooney’s private Instagram account to Andy Halls?”
Vardy replied, “I didn’t think she was passing on any new information.”
Sherborne insisted, “Take out the word ‘new.’ Did or didn’t you know that Ms. Watt was passing information from Ms. Rooney’s private account? »
Vardy replied: “She was talking to Mr. Halls about information that was already being discussed.”
In a WhatsApp exchange heard by the court, Watt told Vardy that the Sun reporter was trying to confirm details of an article he was writing about Rooney. The agent asked Vardy if Rooney had definitely crashed his car, a detail believed to come from the private Instagram account. She responded with the words, “Haha, she did.”
Rooney then posted a public tweet saying he was “sad” that someone following her was “betraying” her to The Sun.
Watt forwarded this tweet to Vardy, commenting, “He wasn’t someone she trusted. It was me.”
Rooney’s lawyer suggested it was an admission of guilt. Vardy told the court she didn’t respond because she was ‘watching Gemma Collins face the ice’ on the ITV show Dancing on Ice.
Vardy was giving his final day of testimony in the week-long trial against Rooney, which has shed light on how celebrity tabloid culture works.
The court heard that Rooney was exasperated by the leaking of information on her private Instagram account to The Sun. At one point, she asked “the weed” to stop passing stories to the tabloid, which she described as “newspaper scum”.
Rooney’s attorneys allege that Vardy was involved in leaking articles from the private Instagram account to the newspaper. They accused Vardy of lying during cross-examination and repeatedly altering his testimony during the lengthy court proceedings.
Sherborne said he had wanted to search for WhatsApp messages stored on Watt’s phone, but was dumped off the side of a boat and was now ‘at the bottom of the sea in Davy Jones’ locker’ .
Vardy asked the court, “Who is Davy Jones?” The judge intervened to explain the dismissal.
On Thursday morning, Vardy also admitted to collaborating with paparazzi agencies to stage allegedly authentic photos to sell to tabloids. However, she denied helping a paparazzi photographer ambushed her and other footballers’ wives at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“If I had intentionally arranged the photo…I would gladly admit that I had,” she told the court.
The court heard an exchange of messages between Vardy and her agent in which the agent said she had “chosen a photographer for tomorrow” and Vardy replied “OK”.
Vardy said she was “just trying to get [Watt] on my back and enjoy my evening – it had been a pretty crazy few days.
Sherborne suggested Vardy tried to block some of the other footballers’ wives from posting a group photo on social media to protect the photographer’s exclusivity.
Vardy said she couldn’t remember some details of the night. “If I’m being completely honest, I had been drinking quite a bit.”
Coleen Rooney watched carefully and took detailed notes of Vardy’s testimony. Former England footballer Wayne Rooney sat next to his wife with folded hands staring off into space. Both are expected to testify in the coming days.
When Vardy began a response by saying “if I’m being honest…”, the attorney shot back, “I hope you’re being honest because you’re sitting on the witness stand.”
Sherborne also accused Vardy of having “selective amnesia”, to which she replied, “No”.
At one point, Rooney’s lawyer described a WhatsApp message in a conversation between Vardy and Watt that included the words “poor Coleen” followed by “laughing emojis”.
Vardy told the court she disputed that characterization: “I don’t know if they laugh at the emojis.”
The lawyer, in an apparent reference to the 😂 emoji, replied, “OK, crying with laughter.”
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