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Wagatha Christie: Vardy admits she knew her agent passed Rooney information to newspaper - The Athletic

Rebekah Vardy today appeared to admit that she knew her agent, Caroline Watt, had passed on private information about Coleen Rooney to a journalist from the...

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Rebekah Vardy today appeared to admit that she knew her agent, Caroline Watt, had passed on private information about Coleen Rooney to a journalist from the British newspaper The Sun, but countered that it was not “new” information.

Vardy was in the witness box at the High Court for a third day as part of a libel case she has brought against Coleen Rooney, after the wife of the Derby County manager Wayne Rooney accused Vardy of leaking a number of stories about her life from Rooney's private Instagram page to The Sun.

The proceedings were twice briefly paused due to Vardy breaking down in tears in the witness box.

David Sherborne, the barrister representing Rooney, cited a story that emerged about Rooney appearing to damage her Honda car in January 2019. Rooney posted an image of the car on her private Instagram account and several days later, The Sun reported on the incident.

The court heard text messages between Vardy and her agent Watt, where the representative told Vardy: “(Journalist Andy) Halls is trying to do a story on Coleen crashing her car but her PR (publicist) won't even reply. I've told him I'm 100 per cent confident that it happened but don't know how.”

Watt asked Vardy if she could confirm Rooney had crashed the car and Vardy replied by saying: “Haha she defo did.”

Rooney then posted a tweet which claimed it was “sad” that someone who followed her on her private Instagram had “betrayed” her to The Sun.

The agent Watt forwarded this tweet to Vardy, commenting: “It wasn’t someone she trusted. It was me.”

Earlier on Thursday morning, Vardy had denied assisting a tabloid photographer in capturing a photograph of England footballers' wives and girlfriends heading to a restaurant during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

In the afternoon, Rooney's legal team told the court about “The Secret WAG” column which The Sun launched in September 2019. The barrister appeared to imply that Vardy was involved in the column, which gossiped about the partners of Steven Gerrard, Theo Walcott, Jordan Henderson, Jordan Pickford and Joe Hart.

In the case of Kim Hart, the partner of Celtic goalkeeper Hart, she was angered when the column described her as looking “like she's made of wax”. Vardy, who said she did follow Gerrard's partner Alex on her private Instagram, countered that these individuals were not part of her social circle and denied being the source of information for the column.

The case continues.

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