Coleen Rooney ‘falsely accused Rebekah Vardy’ over story leaks

Publishedduration25 minutes agoimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionColeen Rooney accused Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories to the press about her private life in 2019

Coleen Rooney falsely accused Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories to the press about her private life, the High Court has heard.

The wife of former England footballer Wayne Rooney was dubbed "Wagatha Christie" after posting false stories on Instagram, which later appeared in The Sun as part of a "sting operation".

Mrs Rooney accused Mrs Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, of leaking the fake stories.

She is suing Mrs Rooney for libel.

Mrs Vardy, 38, was accused by Mrs Rooney of leaking false stories over the course of five months. She denies the accusation.

At the High Court, Mrs Vardy's barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC said Mrs Rooney's posts were an "untrue and unjustified defamatory attack" which was "published and republished to millions of people".

He added: "In fact, she did nothing wrong.

"Whatever leaks there were did not come from her."

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