Rebekah Vardy ‘felt suicidal’ after troll’s sick jibe about putting her baby in microwave
Rebekah Vardy, pictured, and Coleen Rooney, pictured
Rebekah Vardy has claimed she felt "suicidal" and suffered "panic attacks and anxiety" after allegedly being being bombarded with sick messages from trolls after the Coleen Rooney Wagatha Christie row.
Wayne Rooney's wife, 34, accused Rebekah's account of leaking stories from her private Instagram page to the press – a claim Rebekah has vehemently denied.
She's now suing Coleen for libel in a bid to clear her name and it's gone to London's High Court today for a preliminary hearing.
In a statement presented to court today, Rebekah opened up about the alleged abuse she suffered online.
She listed a number of vicious messages she allegedly received from trolls, including one which declared: "I you’re your baby gets put in a microwave".
The message, which was sent to Rebekah's Instagram account, read: "Yo snitch I you’re your baby gets put in a microwave and ur husband shags some other bird other than snake valley."
Rebekah Vardy, pictured, admitted she felt 'suicidal' after a barrage of sick messages from trolls
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Another message presented to court in the statement read: "You fat ugly f*****g rat I genuinely hope you and your baby rot and die an extremely painful death for what you have done."
Rebeka's statement alleged she "suffered extreme distress, hurt, anxiety and embarrassment as a result of the publication of the Post and the events which followed."
The WAG – who was pregnant at the time of the row – went on: "The abuse that followed the Post made the Claimant feel suicidal.
"She suffered from severe panic attacks and anxiety which manifested in being scared to leave her house…
Coleen Rooney, pictured, is locked in a libel battle with Rebekah
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"The Claimant also suffered from severe insomnia. She was taken to hospital three times while pregnant as she suffered anxiety attacks as a result of the Post and the repercussions from it.
"The Claimant’s stress was such that she had concerns about losing her baby or going into early labour."
Last year, Coleen sensationally accused Rebekah's account of being behind stories that were leaked from her private account – earning her the nickname Wagatha Christie for her online sleuthing.
She set up her own sting operation to catch whoever had been passing on information from her private page to the press.
She posted a series of fake stories, blocked all her followers apart from Rebekah's account and then sprung a gotcha post online when the hoax posts made their way into the papers.
Rebekah, pictured, has always denied selling stories on her former friend
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Rebekah vehemently denied she was behind the leaks, insisting a number of people had access to her Instagram page.
After Coleen's post in October 2019, Rebekah released a statement to strenuously deny she was behind the leak.
Rebekah wrote: "I wish you had called me if you thought this.
"I never speak to anyone about you as various journalists who have asked me to over the years can vouch for.
"I'm not being funny but I don't need the money, what would I gain from selling stories on you?…
"I liked you a lot Coleen & I'm so upset that you have chosen to do this."
In the court documents, Rebekah continues to deny being behind the leak and accused Coleen of exposing her to "public ridicule".
Coleen, pictured, accused Rebekah's account of leaking stories
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The statement added: "The publication by the Defendant of the words complained of and entirely foreseeable republications and repetitions of them have gravely injured the reputation of the Claimant and have exposed her to public ridicule and contempt and have caused her enormous distress and very extreme embarrassment.
"All of these effects continue to date."
As part of the suit, Rebekah is claiming damages, including aggravated damages, for libel and an injunction preventing Coleen "her employees, her agents or otherwise howsoever, from publishing or causing to be published the same or similar words defamatory of the Claimant."