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Rebekah Vardy is set to return to the stand as her libel trial against Coleen Rooney enters its second day.
The wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has taken his fellow footballer’s wife to court after they were accused of leaking ‘false stories’ to the press.
On opening day at the High Court in London, Ms Vardy was asked about an interview in which she shared details about the ‘size of Peter Andre’s manhood’ – which she said she ‘regrets deeply”.
Her lawyer also claimed Ms Rooney, who is married to former England striker Wayne Rooney, ‘reveled’ in being nicknamed ‘Wagatha Christie’ after her social media went viral which alleged Ms Vardy was behind the leaks.
Ms Vardy denies leaking stories and is suing Ms Vardy for defamation.
The trial finally began on Tuesday after months of preliminary hearings and more than two years after the message that sparked the legal battle.
First day pictures
Here are some images of both sides on the first day of the trial:
Zoe TidmanMay 11, 2022 08:51
“This is…… Rebekah Vardy’s account”: original message
A quick look at Coleen Rooney’s social media shows the original post is still there.
To save you from going back to 2019, here it is:
Zoe TidmanMay 11, 2022 08:38
Key takeaways from the first day of the trial
As we wait for the start of the second day of the trial, here is a reminder of what happened yesterday during the kickoff:
Zoe TidmanMay 11, 2022 08:08
The second day of the trial will begin at 10:30 a.m. today.
The cross-examination of Rebekah Vardy by Coleen Rooney’s lawyer must continue.
Watch this space for more updates as the trial resumes.
Lamiat SabinMay 11, 2022 07:00
What is Coleen Rooney’s defense?
The court heard on the first day of the defamation trial on Tuesday that Coleen Rooney, who was accused by Rebekah Vardy of defamation, will rely on a public interest defense.
But the High Court also heard Ms Rooney did not accuse Ms Vardy of betraying her trust – by leaking stories to the Sun newspaper – before posting his viral tweet that earned him the nickname ‘Wagatha Christie’.
Another defense is that the treason allegations are true, which she would have to prove.
Lamiat SabinMay 11, 2022 04:00
Vardy has ‘no knowledge’ that ex-agent’s phone ‘fell into the sea’
Rebekah Vardy said – on the first day of the defamation trial on Tuesday – that she was unaware her former agent’s phone would have fallen into the North Sea.
Ms Vardy was accused by Coleen Rooney of leaking her personal details to the press, for which Ms Vardy is suing her for defamation.
Ms Vardy has since alleged that her former agent Caroline Watt may have been responsible for viewing Ms Rooney’s Instagram stories and passing the information to the Sun newspaper.
Ms Watt had claimed earlier this year, before the trial, that data could not be extracted from her phone in 2021 because her phone fell into the North Sea after a boat she was traveling on hit rough waters .
Ms Vardy claimed in her written statement to have “no personal knowledge” of the alleged incident.
Lamiat SabinMay 11, 2022 02:00
“This is…..Rebekah Vardy’s account”
Here is an overview by Colin Drurry how the “Wagatha Christie” affair began
Lamiat SabinMay 11, 2022 12:01 a.m.
ICYMI: Lawsuit focuses on Peter Andre’s ‘manhood’ allegation
The defamation lawsuit took an unexpected turn when Peter Andre and his sex life were dragged into the proceedings.
The High Court has heard that Rebekah Vardy leaked information about her alleged affair with the former pop star to the press.
But Ms Vardy, who is suing fellow WAG Coleen Rooney for defamation, claimed she was ‘forced’ by her ex-husband to make the claim about Mr Andre’s alleged little ‘manliness’. world news.
You can read more about it here:
Lamiat SabinMay 10, 2022 10:00 p.m.
Vardy and Rooney’s lawyers: who are they?
Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney are represented in the High Court by two leading lawyers who have a list of former high profile clients.
Ms Vardy is represented by veteran media lawyer Hugh Tomlinson, whose previous clients include Prince Charles, easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, footballer Rio Ferdinand and Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.
Ms Rooney’s solicitor David Sherborne has a client list including the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Hollywood actor Michael Douglas and former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie.
Lamiat SabinMay 10, 2022 8:43 p.m.
“It’s something I deeply regret”
Rebekah Vardy was asked if it was “respectful” of Peter Andre’s “right not to share this information” about their sex with a newspaper.
She replied, “I was forced into a situation by my ex-husband to do this. This is something that I deeply regret… It is not pleasant to read and I understand why this is used and to me it is bashing and I have also been threatened with bashing by Ms. Rooney.
Asked again about the matter by Coleen Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborne, Ms Vardy said: ‘The circumstances around him were completely different.
She later said that she did not ask Mr. André for permission or tell him it was going to happen beforehand.
Mr Sherborne asked: ‘Did you feel particularly attached to the size of his manhood being made public?’
Ms Vardy replied: ‘It’s something I had to say.’
Katy CliftonMay 10, 2022 5:45 p.m.