Rebecca Vardy told the High Court she was “just kidding” after she told her agent to highlight a story about a celebrity woman having an affair with a footballer.

The 40-year-old is currently suing Colin Rooney after she was publicly accused of spreading “false stories” in the media in 2019.

Rooney said she conducted an “operation” to catch anyone sharing stories about her personal life, and called Vardy a suspect in a viral post on social media.

Vardy on the spot live story of England’s married footballer – Rich Christy

Rooney, who is married to Derby County manager Wayne Rooney, is defending a defamation suit based on truth and public interest.

Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, came to the witness box on the second day of the “Wandering Christie” libel trial, where she was questioned about reports between her and Agent Caroline Watt.

There were reports of an alleged romance between a “famous celebrity” called Mrs. F. and a footballer identified as Mr. G.

Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborn, told the court that Vardy had sent a text to her agent saying, “Oh, you saw how badly Mrs. F was behaving … I’m actually disgusted by her x.”

She then sent another message that read: “A leak of a story about her with ******* G behind H’s back.”

The court heard Ms. Watt reply, “I’ve tried before, but The Sun already knew about it and couldn’t prove it as usual.”

Asked about the reports, Vardy said she was “just kidding” when she made a comment.

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Colin Rooney is due to testify later in the trial

Highlights of the second day of the trial

• Vardy was asked about the leak of honeymoon story and Daniela Lloyd’s miscarriage in the Maldives, which she claims the model gave to the press
• Vardy rejected the assumption that she “was preparing to lie under oath”
• She admitted that she ordered her agent to look at Rooney’s private Instagram in connection with the publication of the car accident, but denied that Ms. Watt was monitoring the account.
• WhatsApp reports show that Ms. Watt called Rooney a “attention seeker” after viewing her posts
• Vardy was upset when Rooney’s lawyer told a story about online abuse against her children
• She was also interrogated about the alleged staging of the photo “WAGs” during the 2018 World Cup in Russia

The crash of Danny Drinkwater

The court also heard that Vardy told her agent that she “wanted to pay” for information that former Leicester City player Danny Drinkwater had left police custody after crashing his car in 2019.

The footballer was banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to work 70 hours of community service after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

The court said Vardy sent a message to his agent Caroline Watt to inform her that Drinkwater had been arrested.

November 22, 2016 - Leicester, UK - Danny Drinkwater of Leicester in the game during the Champions League Group B match at King Power Stadium in Leicester.  Photo date November 22, 2016 Pic David Klein / Sportimage (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
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Danny Drinkwater. Photo: AP

“Danny Drinkwater has been arrested … He crashed his car drunk with two girls … both in hospital, one with broken ribs,” court documents show.

Ms. Watt told Vardy that “they” should confirm to the police, “before they write this” – Mr. Sherborn said it meant The Sun, which Vardy confirmed.

Mr. Sherborn told Vardy that despite knowing Drinkwater, she was willing to tell his story, to which she replied, “Yes, because of the behavior, I was.”

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“I was just gossiping”

Questions were also raised about Manchester City footballer Riyadh Mares, and Vardy was asked about reports she had sent to Ms. Watt that he had not shown up for training in 2018.

Vardy told Mrs. Watt, “Guys are disgusted.”

September 21, 2021, Manchester, UK: Manchester, England, September 21, 2021 Riyad Mares of Manchester City during the Carabao Cup match at the stadium
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Riyadh Marez. Photo: AP

Speaking in court, she explained: “These were speculations only about parts of the information I heard and overheard and also read in the press before.

“Yeah, it’s not very good there, I was gossiping about what was already in the public domain. I was just gossiping. “

She denied the accusation that her agent had passed on to The Sun information about the reaction of other Leicester players to the fact that Mr Marez had missed the session.

“Pregnant girl”

Mr. Sherborn then asked Vardy to exchange messages with Ms. Watt about model Daniel Lloyd.

Vardy said that during the conversation she meant Mrs. Lloyd, her honeymoon in the Maldives and her miscarriage.

Mr Sherborn said Vardy had ordered his agent to “sell information about the Maldives” in connection with what he called a “pregnant girl’s escape”.

Vardy claimed that her message was related to a screenshot of an article in a magazine about Mrs. Lloyd, who “talks about her honeymoon in the Maldives and her unfortunate miscarriage.”

Daniel Lloyd poses for photographers on arrival at the premiere of 'How to Be Lonely' in London, Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (Photo by Joel Ryan / Invision / AP)
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Daniel Lloyd. Photo: AP

She said Ms Lloyd “is not someone from my circle” and she disagreed with her about “gender selection”.

In 2019, The Sun published an article stating that Rooney was apparently traveling for gender selection – one of the false stories imposed by Rooney, which is at the heart of the case.

Another article that has already been mentioned in the lawsuit is an article about Rooney’s car accident in early 2019.

Vardy denies that Ms. Watt “watched” Rooney’s private Instagram account

The court heard that Rooney had posted something on her private Instagram account about the crash, and Vardy admitted that she had ordered Ms. Watt to look at the post.

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney and his wife Colin Rooney arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, UK, on ​​11 May 2022.  REUTERS / John Sibley
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Until now, Wayne Rooney has accompanied his wife to court on both days of the trial

During the exchange, Ms. Watt asked her, “I imagine it, or did you say yesterday that Colin crashed his Honda?” the court heard.

“She’s defo … Go to Instagram,” said Mrs. Vardy, according to court documents.

Mr Sherborn explained that Ms Wat used Vardy’s Instagram account to access Rooney’s private Instagram account, as it was only seen by those who approved of Rooney.

However, Vardy denied that she knew that Ms. Watt was “monitoring” the account.

Sitting for Rooney at Euro 2016

Colin Rooney entertains his children during the 2016 European Championships;  Rebecca Vardy is sitting behind her.  Photo: AP
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Colin Rooney entertains his children during the 2016 European Championships; Rebecca Vardy is sitting behind her. Photo: AP

Mr Sherborn spoke about an article published in the Daily Mirror in 2016 about the euro.

He told the court that Vardy was accused of trying to get publicity during the tournament, which took place in France, sitting behind Rooney in the match.

Vardy called the proposal “ridiculous” and said she was not told she would get “good photo lighting” if she sat behind Rooney.

Earlier, the court heard that both women spent “hundreds of thousands of pounds” on the case, and the total cost of the case is expected to be at least 2 million pounds.

The fake stories Rooney posted to her Instagram during the bite operation showed her trip to Mexico for a “sex selection” procedure, her planning to return to television and flooding the basement of her home.

Vardy becomes emotional when the court hears about trolling about her children

In the afternoon, Mr. Sherborn presented a series of interviews Vardy gave reporters other articles about her, mostly published by The Sun. He said she “consistently” gave stories to the newspaper.

Vardy rejected the offer that she had established a relationship with The Sun, and denied that for her it was “standard practice” to leak private information to the newspaper through Ms. Watt.

At one point she began to cry in the witness box, after Mr. Sherborn told a story written about the online abuse she received directed at her children.

“I’m not going to take you through trolling,” he assured her after the judge asked if she wanted a break.

To a repeat question a few moments later Vardi replied: “I don’t think it will make a difference, to be honest.”

Vardy was also questioned about allegedly setting up a photo of “WAGs” during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. However, an alarm that went off at the Royal Court during this line of questioning halted the trial, and Wednesday’s hearing ended early.

Vardy is expected to continue testifying on Thursday.

https://news.sky.com/story/vardy-v-rooney-rebekah-vardy-tells-court-she-was-just-joking-amid-claim-she-leaked-affair-story-12610551

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