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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 her fellow footballer’s wife to court after being accused of leaking “false stories” to the press.
The opening day at the High Court in London saw Ms Vardy asked about an interview in which she shared details about the “size of Peter Andre’s manhood” – which she said she “deeply regrets”.
Her lawyer also claimed Ms Rooney, who is married to ex-England striker Wayne Rooney, “revelled” in being nicknamed “Wagatha Christie” after her viral social media that alleged Ms Vardy was behind the leaks.
Mrs Vardy denies leaking stories and is suing Mrs Vardy for libel.
The trial finally kicked off on Tuesday following months of preliminary hearings and more than two years after the post that triggered the legal battle.
Key takeaways from the first day of trial
While we are waiting for the second day of the trial to start, here is a reminder of what happened yesterday when it kicked off:
Zoe Tidman11 May 2022 08:08
The second day of the trial will begin at 10.30am today.
Rebekah Vardy’s cross examination by Coleen Rooney’s barrister is due to continue.
Watch this space for more updates as the trial resumes.
Lamiat Sabin11 May 2022 07:00
What is Coleen Rooney’s defense?
The court heard on the first day of the libel trial on Tuesday that Coleen Rooney, who has been accused by Rebekah Vardy of defamation, will rely on a public interest defence.
But the High Court also heard that Ms Rooney did not put her accusations that Ms Vardy betrayed her trust – by leaking stories to the Sun newspaper – to her in advance of publishing her viral tweet that garnered her the nickname ‘Wagatha Christie’.
Another defense is that the betrayal claims are true, which she would need to prove.
Lamiat Sabin11 May 2022 04:00
Vardy has ‘no knowledge’ that ex-agent’s phone ‘fell in sea’
Rebekah Vardy said – on the first day of the libel trial on Tuesday – that she was unaware that her former agent’s phone had allegedly fallen into the North Sea.
Ms Vardy has been accused by Coleen Rooney of leaking her personal information to the press, for which Ms Vardy is suing her for defamation.
Ms Vardy has since alleged her former agent Caroline Watt could have been responsible for viewing Ms Rooney’s Instagram Stories and giving the information to the Sun newspaper.
Ms Watt had claimed earlier this year, ahead of the trial, that data could not be extracted from her phone in 2021 as her phone had fallen into the North Sea after a boat she was traveling on hit choppy waters.
Ms Vardy has claimed, in her written statement, to have “no personal knowledge” of this alleged incident happening.
Lamiat Sabin11 May 2022 02:00
‘It’s…..Rebekah Vardy’s account’
Here’s a run-down by Colin Drury of how the ‘Wagatha Christie’ case first started
Lamiat Sabin11 May 2022 00:01
ICYMI: Trial focuses on claim about Peter Andre’s ‘manhood’
The libel trial took an unexpected turn when Peter Andre, and his sex life, was dragged into the proceedings.
The High Court heard that Rebekah Vardy divulged information about her alleged fling with the former pop star to the press.
But Ms Vardy, who is suing fellow WAG Coleen Rooney for defamation, claimed that she had been “forced” by her ex-husband to make the claim about Mr Andre’s alleged small “manhood” to the News of the World.
You can read more about this here:
Lamiat Sabin10 May 2022 22:00
Vardy’s and Rooney’s lawyers: Who are they?
Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney are being represented at the High Court by two top lawyers who have a list of high-profile former clients.
Ms Vardy is represented by veteran media barrister 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 barrister 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 Sabin10 May 2022 20:43
‘It is something I deeply regret’
Rebekah Vardy was asked whether it was “respectful” of Peter Andre’s “right not to share this information” about their sexual encounter with a newspaper.
She replied: “I was forced into a situation by my ex-husband to do this. It is something that I deeply regret… It is not nice to read and I understand why this is being used and to me this is mudslinging and I was also threatened with mudslinging by Mrs Rooney’s team.”
Asked the question again by Coleen Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne, Mrs Vardy said: “The circumstances around it were completely different.”
She later said she did not ask Mr Andre for his permission or tell him it was going to happen in advance.
Mr Sherborne asked: “Did you feel particularly strongly about the size of his manhood that it should be made public?”
Mrs Vardy replied: “It was something that I was forced to say.”
Katy Clifton10 May 2022 17:45
Peter Andre article
Earlier today, Coleen Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne asked Rebekah Vardy questions about an interview she gave to the News Of The World about Mrs Vardy’s claimed sexual encounter with singer Peter Andre.
Mr Sherborne showed what appeared to an A3 printout of the article to Mrs Vardy in the witness box before reading the headline: “Peter’s hung like a small chipolata, shaved, slobbery, lasts five minutes.”
The barrister read excerpts from the article, in which it was claimed Mr Andre had managed “just five minutes of sex with Rebekah” and in which she said he had “the smallest trouser equipment I’ve ever seen” that was like a “miniature chipolata”.
Mr Sherborne suggested to Mrs Vardy that the News Of The World was the “highest circulating newspaper at the time”, read by some four million people.
Katy Clifton10 May 2022 17:31
Trial to resume on Wednesday
The hearing has now finished – the second day of the trial will begin at 10.30am tomorrow.
Chiara Giordano10 May 2022 16:36