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Vardy tried to disclose Drinkwater’s arrest to Sun, court hears

Rebekah Vardy attempted to leak news of footballer Danny Drinkwater’s arrest for drunk driving to The Sun for cash, but the newspaper had already been made aware of the incident, the High Court heard.

The former Chelsea and Leicester midfielder was arrested after a late-night crash in Cheshire following a house party in April 2019.

Vardy, whose husband Jamie had played with Drinkwater in Leicester, spoke about the arrest to his agent Caroline Watt, revealing he had “just been released from the cells”.

“I want to pay for this,” Vardy told his agent.

She later commented that she was ‘fulminant’ when told the newspaper already had the story, and suggested she might get Drinkwater’s address to give to an agency. of photography.

‘It was a passing thought and I didn’t think about it more than when I wrote it down,’ she told the High Court.

David Sherborne, for Rooney, fired back: “What does this answer mean? Can you just explain it?

Vardy replied that she wanted the story to be in the public domain as it is anti-drunk driving.

“I meant it was something terrible, it was from something seen on social media,” she said.

“I am deeply affected by drunk driving. My ex-husband killed two people during our marriage.

“I was something that I found outrageous, and at the time, I didn’t care whether the information came out or not.”

Asked about the payment comment, Vardy said, “When I said I wanted to pay, it was a fleeting comment and something I probably considered at the time, but that was it.”

She added: “It was something I wrongfully got involved in, that I shouldn’t have, and I can only apologize.

“The messages are not good, but it was something that hit me instantly.”

The court heard Vardy tell Ms Watt that Drinkwater ‘was also due to pick up her baby boy today’, and she can’t remember how she got that information.

“I don’t think it’s private information,” she said.

“A number of people could have known he was going to pick up his son, and I can’t remember who I knew.”

Mr Sherborne shot back: ‘It happens so often that you leak information that you can’t remember’, and Vardy replied: ‘That’s not true.’

Vardy said she was not sorry to miss the whistleblower fee to The Sun, but could not explain a comment to Ms Watt that she was “smoking”.

“I don’t know why I was fuming,” she said. “I apologize for the misreading (of the messages), these are private conversations between two people who knew each other very well and knew each other’s jokes.”

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