Rebekah Vardy suing Coleen Rooney for libel

Rebekah Vardy is suing Coleen Rooney for libel over their online fallout last year, according to a court listing.

Rooney claimed Vardy had been leaking stories about her to the press.

Vardy, 38, denied any wrongdoing and later said the stress of their public row had caused her to have severe anxiety attacks.

Court records indicate that Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie, filed her claim with the High Court on 12 June.

In October 2019, Rooney, who is married to ex-England footballer Wayne, accused Vardy on Twitter of leaking private Instagram stories about her to The Sun newspaper.

She claimed she had set the privacy settings to ensure the stories were only visible to one account, which belongs to Vardy’s.

She said the posts which she set to be only viewable by Vardy’s account were fake, including that she had been considering gender selection in order to have a baby girl. These stories were written about by some newspapers.

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Shortly after Rooney’s public accusation, Vardy responded on Instagram denying any involvement.

She said other people had access to her Instagram account and an expert was trying to work out who could have been behind the leaks.

Image: Coleen Rooney accused Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories about her to the press

The dispute made news around the world and was dubbed #WagathaChristie.

In February, she broke down in tears on ITV’s Loose Women as she explained how she was trolled online by members of the public.

Image: Rebekah Vardy broke down in tears on Loose Women

“It was really, really hard, it’s probably up there with one of the worst things I’ve had to deal with, apart from being abused by my stepdad when I was younger,” she said.

Vardy, who was seven months pregnant at the time, said she had cried after reading one comment online.

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No further details are available at this stage and no date has been set for a court hearing.

The case will proceed to a trial unless a settlement is reached between the parties.

Source : Sky News