Wagatha Christie: Tears from Rebekah Vardy as Twitter trolls’ threats towards daughter, 2, mentioned

Wagatha Christie: Tears from Rebekah Vardy as Twitter trolls’ threats towards daughter, 2, mentioned

Today’s second instalment of the £3million Wagatha Christie libel trial between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney featured a tearful appearance in the witness box, Whatsapp ‘gossip’ about a mystery celebrity affair and yet more foul-mouthed text messages – all brought to an end by a fittingly dramatic fire alarm.

Coleen publicly ‘outed’ her fellow WAG when she accused her of sharing three fake stories she had posted on her personal Instagram with The Sun as part of what she described as a social media ‘sting’ operation. Rebekah vehemently denied the allegation – leading her to launch the pricey legal action which saw its second day on Wednesday.

While yesterday’s hearing dredged up Peter Andre’s alleged ‘chipolata’ manhood, today focused on Rebekah’s relationship with her agent Caroline Watt.

She was accused of instructing Ms Watt to leak stories about footballer Riyad Mahrez, the model Danielle Lloyd’s miscarriage and one unnamed high-profile celebrity’s alleged affair.

She was also accused of staging a photo to help push her column in The Sun, by deliberately sitting behind Coleen at the Euro 2016 tournament  – before allegedly telling a worker at the stadium, who pointed out that that was not her seat, to ‘f**k off’. Vardy branded the claims ‘nonsense’.

By all accounts, the atmosphere remained palpable, with Mrs Rooney seen furiously taking notes throughout her WAG rival’s testimony – and that was before the court read out Whatsapp messages sent by Mrs Vardy, in which she branded Coleen a ‘c**t’ for unfollowing her on Instagram.

Meanwhile Wayne Rooney, who had entered the court carrying a so-called man bag stuffed with files, could not look at Mrs Vardy as she gave evidence, opting to look straight ahead instead.

There was a rare moment of light relief amidst the morning’s fierce cross-examination when Mr Sherborne mentioned that his junior, Ben Hamer, was ‘very adept at searching online through social media on his phone.’

Rebekah shot back, without smiling: ‘I know, Mr Hamer follows me on Twitter’, to laughter in the court.

Much like yesterday, the high-profile WAGS both put their best fashion foot forward.

Looking effortlessly elegant, Coleen, 36, opted for a £32.99 printed dress from Zara, which she teamed with one Chanel loafer; she has been sporting an air boot on her other foot since suffering a fracture after a fall at home in March.

Meanwhile Rebekah, 40, went for a full-on designer look, pairing a black, high-neck £1,780 Prada dress with a matching £1,245 blazer from Alexander McQueen, yet another Duchess of Cambridge-approved designer.

However proceedings almost had to be paused when Mrs Vardy became visibly emotional when she was again asked about the harassment from social media trolls, who had threatened to rape her two-year-old daughter.

This afternoon, barrister David Sherborne, for Mrs Rooney, referred to an article in The Sun from 2017 where Rebekah spoke of the ‘vile’ abuse she had received online – including the sick rape threats against her child.

‘Horrible stuff’, said Mr Sherborne, before judge Mrs Justice Steyn saw that Rebekah was dabbing at her eyes with a tissue and suggested the court took a break. Rebekah shook her head and carried on.

Asked again a few moments later if she would like a break, Rebekah replied: ‘I don’t think it’s going to make any difference, to be honest.’

Rebekah denied the suggestion she was building a relationship with The Sun by ‘consistently’ providing it with exclusives.

‘I’m working with The Sun because they are going to print the story. They are going to give me the opportunity to give my story,’ she said.

Earlier today, Mr Sherborne read out a series of texts in which Rebekah told her agent Caroline Watt to ‘leak’ stories about footballer Riyad Mahrez, the model Danielle Lloyd, and one unnamed high-profile celebrity.

In response, she told the court these exchanges were ‘never serious’ and Ms Watt would have ‘understood’ this – prompting Mr Sherbourne to dramatically accuse her of lying under oath.

Rebekah did admit to sharing a tip about Danny Drinkwater following his car crash – who, like Mahrez, was her husband Jamie’s colleague at Leicester.

The WAG said she informed Ms Watt he was about to leave police custody because she was ‘deeply affected’ by drink-driving after her ex-husband ‘killed two people’.

But when asked about a text where she told Ms Watt she ‘wanted money’ for the story about Drinkwater, Rebekah insisted she was joking.

Rebekah’s ex-husband Steve Clarke was the boss at her timeshare company. She met him while in her twenties but they split after he caused a head-on crash which killed two people and saw him sentenced to two years in jail.

Mr Sherborne said: ‘You say ‘he’s only just been let out of the cells last night’ and then said you wanted paying for this.

‘To which she said ”which police station? They will need to confirm with the police station before they write it”.

‘The ”they” she’s referring to is The Sun, isn’t it?’

Rebekah confirmed ‘they’ referred to The Sun, but claimed her comment about wanting money ‘wasn’t serious’.

Drinkwater used to play for Leicester City with her husband, Jamie Vardy, and in 2019 played for Chelsea. He is now at Reading

Rebekah sent a message to Ms Watt to tell her that Drinkwater had been arrested, the court heard.

‘Danny Drinkwater arrested… Crashed his car drunk with 2 girls in it … both in hospital one with broken ribs,’ court documents show.

Rebekah also said: ‘I want paying for this.’

She told the court she was ‘deeply affected’ by drink-driving as her ex-husband ‘killed two people’.

Later, it emerged the story had already come out.

‘Holy F*** … I’m fuming I didn’t give it to you earlier,’ Rebekah sent in a message to Ms Watt.

‘Me too,’ Ms Watt replied. ‘That would have been a fortune.’

Rebekah told the court that was correct but added Ms Watt also included ‘laughing face’ emojis.

I realise how badly they read and again I apologise,’ she says. ‘But again these are private conversations between two people… that knew each other’s sense of humour.’

The court had earlier heard Rebekah contacted her agent Ms Watt after Mahrez failed to turn up for training for the second day running.

At the time of the exchange in February 2018, Mahrez was seeking a move to Manchester City.

In the WhatsApp message, Rebekah wrote: ‘Mahrez not turned up for training again. The lads are fuming.’

Ms Watt suggested she contact TV reporter Rob Dorsett, who was one of the journalists covering the story for Sky Sports News.

Rebekah replied that she didn’t want the story to ‘come back on me.’

Under cross examination from Coleen Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne, she said: ‘It was pretty much unheard of for a player to go on strike and not turn up for training.

She said the story of the turmoil in the dressing room ‘absolutely 100 per cent did not come from me’.

But she admitted that ‘in a fleeting moment’ it appeared from Watt’s response that she was ‘prepared to do her dirty work’ for her.

She insisted the information didn’t come from husband Jamie, Leicester City’s star striker, saying: ‘It was speculation of just bits of information that I had heard and overheard, and also read in the press before.’

She added: ‘Yes, it doesn’t look good there, I was gossiping about things that we already in the public domain. I was just gossiping.’

Rebekah said she did not know whether or not her husband’s then team-mates were ‘fuming’ about Mr Mahrez not turning up for training.

‘It was probably something I was plucking from thin air. It was just a gossip that was all,’ she told the court.

She also said: ‘It was a speculation of bits of information that I’ve heard and overheard, and also they had been in the press before.’

But perhaps most relevant to proceedings, Rebekah admitted to directing her agent to look at Coleen’s private Instagram in relation a ‘fake’ post she made about a car crash.

In a January 2019 exchange, Ms Watt asked her: ‘Am I imagining this or did you say yesterday that Coleen had crashed her Honda?’ the court heard.

‘She defo has… Go in the Instagram,’ Rebekah replied, according to court documents.

Mr Sherborne highlighted that on the first day of the trial Rebekah had agreed it would have been ‘wrong’ if Ms Watt was looking at people’s private Instagram accounts through the use of Rebekah’s account.

He put it to Rebekah that, in this instance, she was directing her agent to Coleen’s Instagram.

‘Yes, I am,’ Rebekah said.

Rebekah was also asked during the cross examination about WhatsApp messages she sent to Caroline Watt about Coleen unfollowing her on Instagram.

‘What a c***,’ Rebekah said, when she realised Coleen was no longer following her.

Coleen’s lawyer Mr Sherborne told the court about the story that appeared in The Sun about Coleen being in a car crash, written by journalist Andy Halls.

Rebekah discussed in the texts whether this could have been the reason Coleen stopped following her.

Rebekah said in a message to Ms Watt that she doesn’t know how Coleen ‘would ever know that unless Halls has leaked it, in which case please don’t give him the Mr X stuff’.

Rebekah reveals lawyer follows her on Twitter in rare moment of light relief

There was a rare moment of light relief amidst the morning’s fierce cross-examination when Mr Sherborne mentioned that his junior, Ben Hamer, was ‘very adept at searching online through social media on his phone.’

Rebekah shot back, without smiling: ‘I know, Mr Hamer follows me on Twitter’ to laughter in the court.

‘Mr X’ was a married footballer who had an affair with a woman who became pregnant, the court heard.

Mr Sherborne suggested this means that if the journalist ‘has dobbed us in’, don’t give him the ‘juicy gossip’.

Rebekah said that the story about Mr X was ‘widely known’ and there was speculation on social media about it.

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

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

On the celebrity affair, Rebekah insisted she was ‘just joking’ when Mr Sherborne questioned her about what she said in reference to a story about a woman named only as Mrs F – a ‘well-known celebrity’ – her estranged husband Mr H and Mr G, a ‘well-known footballer’.

Rebekah told Ms Watt that she should ‘leak the story about her s******g G behind H’s back’,’ Mr Sherborne said.

Jamie Vardy’s wife said she was ‘a bit shocked and a bit disgusted about what I’d seen in the paper’.

Mr Sherborne asked whether she was so annoyed that she had instructed Ms Watt to leak a story about Mrs F allegedly cheating.

‘That’s the way it reads,’ she replied, adding: ‘Again, in context, bits of information mixed in with other bits of information. I was actually just joking about that one.’

Rebekah denied the suggestion it was ‘standard practice’ for her to leak private information to The Sun 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?’

‘No,’ she replied.

When asked if Sun reporter Andy Halls was a ‘good conduit’ for information, she said: ‘No, that’s not the case. I never gave him information.’

Rebekah fell out with another high-profile WAG which led to a legal dispute, the High Court heard.

The court heard Vardy had a ‘spat on Instagram’ with Danielle Lloyd, the former wife of ex Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara.

Rebekah's dispute with Danielle Lloyd (pictured) led to 'legal correspondence' between the pair the court heard

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Rebekah’s dispute with Danielle Lloyd (pictured) led to ‘legal correspondence’ between the pair the court heard

A dispute led to ‘legal correspondence’ between the pair, the court heard.

Coleen’s barrister claimed messages between Rebekah and her agent showed she was trying to leak information about a pregnant woman who went on honeymoon to the Maldives but went on to suffer a miscarriage.

Vardy revealed the woman was Lloyd but denied leaking stories.

She explained why she sent a message during the exchange saying: ‘She’s gone and done it now.’

Explaining the message under cross-examination she said: ‘She had been on holiday to the Maldives in the early stages of pregnancy. You wouldn’t travel to the Maldives because of Zika virus.’

She insisted she had not had a ‘major beef’ with Lloyd but said the pair had ‘more of a disagreement,’ about selecting the gender of babies.

Rebekah told the court she did not agree with gender selection while Lloyd, who had the opposite view, had appeared on TV discussing the issue.

Rebekah told the court Lloyd had sent her ‘a few irritated messages’ adding: ‘She just asked me a couple of questions about a few things’.

She insisted she ‘was not ‘privy to any information’ on Lloyd and did not leak the story about her.

The court has heard that Coleen had placed a false ‘story’ about gender selection on her private Instagram account saying she had husband Wayne were trying for a baby girl after having four sons.

It was part of her ‘Wagatha Christie’ investigation into who had been leaking stories about her to the press.

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