Colleen Rooney is glad she “finished” Rebekah Vardy “red-handed” for allegedly leaking other people’s information to catch man who “betrayed”, tells High Court in women’s libel battle had gone.
In a viral social media post in October 2019, Mrs Rooney, 36, said she had conducted a “sting operation” and accused Mrs Vardy, 40, of leaking “false stories” about her personal life to the press.
Mrs Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, denies leaked media stories and is suing her fellow footballer’s wife for defamation, while Mrs Rooney is defending the claim on the grounds that His post was “largely true”.
On Friday afternoon, Mrs Rooney began testifying at Court 13 of the Royal Court of Justice, facing questions from Mrs Vardy’s barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC.
Asked what she wanted to achieve with the widely shared post, Mrs Rooney replied: “I wasn’t achieving anything, all I wanted was to stop the person who used my personal information.” was leaking to The Sun.”
Mrs Rooney said she had warned “many times”, but “it did not stop”.
“It was my last resort,” she continued. In a witness statement, she outlined her “growing sense of suspicion” that Mrs Vardy’s account may be linked to the alleged leak.
She explained that she posted two warnings on social media and temporarily removed Rebekah Vardy from her account “but nothing worked”.
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Mrs Rooney said that before outlining her so-called “sting operation” of submitting fake stories and limiting access to them, she wanted to “hold the account ‘red-handed’ responsible and so I came up with a plan.” “. Mrs. Vardy’s Instagram account.
She claimed that her concerns “extended my own positions”, writing: “I knew I could not be the only one whose trust was being abused by the perpetrator and now I have to find the WhatsApp exchanges between Becky and Caroline. The viewing revealed that Becky was leaking information about a whole range of other people as well.
“I thought that whoever was doing this was probably deceiving other people in this way as well.”
She said: “Since then there has been no leak of posts from my account.
“There is no doubt that Becky’s similar behavior was of real concern to many others. I’m glad I finished it.”
In court on Friday, Mr Tomlinson suggested Mrs Rooney had “no evidence” to establish that Mrs Vardy leaked information from her personal Instagram account.
Mrs. Rooney said, “I believe Mrs. Vardy knew this was happening, whether it was Mrs. Vardy herself or she was allowed to.”
Mr Tomlinson replied that “you can believe that Derby County will win the Premiership”, adding: “It is not proof that they are leaving.”
“No, it isn’t,” she replied.
Mrs Rooney’s husband, former England footballer Wayne Rooney, manager of the Derby county football team, was sitting meters away from his wife during the hearing.
Before Mrs Rooney began giving her evidence on Friday afternoon, Mrs Vardy entered the witness box for the final day of her evidence, telling the court that she felt “rogue and manipulated” while facing cross-examination.
Mrs Vardy, who became emotional during her testimony, told the court that she “wanted to clear her name” and had brought legal action for her children.
Earlier in the lawsuit, TV personality Mrs Vardy was asked about an interview in the idle tabloid in 2004 in which she said she had a sexual relationship with singer Peter Andre.
Mrs. Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne showed Mrs. Vardy an A3 printout of the article in the witness box, before reading the headline: “Peter’s Hanging A Small Chipotla, Shaved, Slobbery, Lasts Five Minutes.”
However, Mrs Vardy has previously stated that she was “forced into a position by my ex-husband” to do the interview.
On Friday, Mrs Vardy was asked questions about the article by her barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC.
Mr Tomlinson asked: “Looking at all these years now, almost 20 years later, can you remember whether the things presented in the article were the things you actually said?”
Mrs Verdi replied: “There are many things that did not come out of my mouth that were misrepresented in the circumstances surrounding that article, for which I am deeply sorry.
“It’s embarrassing to read, and one of my biggest regrets.”
Mrs. Rooney is defending the defamation claim brought by Mrs. Vardy on grounds of truth and public interest.
After the defamation fight, Mrs Rooney publicly claimed that one of the accounts behind three fake stories in The Sun that she posted on her personal Instagram account belonged to Mrs Vardy.
Rooney put up fake stories on her Instagram during the sting operation, including her trip to Mexico for a “gender selection” process, her plans to return to TV, and the basement of her home being flooded.
In posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, she wrote: “I’ve saved and screenshotted all the original stories, which clearly show that only one person has viewed them. “Its ………. Rebekah Verdi’s account.”