Coleen Rooney ‘planted up to 39 false stories about herself’ as she carried out Wagatha Christie hunt for source of alleged leaks to the media
- Rebekah Vardy, 40, is suing former friend and ‘WAG’ Coleen Rooney, 35, for libel
- Rooney accused Vardy of selling stories to the media in a 2019 Instagram post
- Vardy’s lawyers pointed out 36 of 39 ‘mole’ stories did not appear in the press
- Some of the published material was available on another friend’s Instagram
- Sources close to Rooney say she is confident of winning the case against her
Coleen Rooney invented as many as 39 stories which she placed on her private Instagram in order to catch out a mole selling stories to the media, it is claimed.
Just three of those tall tales – of a flooded basement, gender selection and a TV comeback – appeared in the media before Rooney accused former friend Rebekah Vardy of being the leak in a widely shared Instagram post in October 2019.
Dubbed the ‘Wagatha Christie’ post, the drama looks set for the High Court with Vardy, 40, in the middle of legal proceedings to sue 35-year-old Rooney for libel, The Sun reports.
Documents submitted to the High Court show other falsified Instagram stories which did not reach the tabloids, including the Rooney’s doubling up on security and getting guard dogs after a break-in.
The records are said to show that the posts were created after Rooney restricted access to her Instagram. They show Vardy viewed the posts although most did not end up in the media.
A source said: ‘This is dynamite stuff and seems to significantly undermine Coleen’s case.
Coleen Rooney created up to 39 fake stories on her private Instagram from April to October 2019 in order to find a mole selling stories to the media, a court document states
Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester and England star Jamie Vardy, 35, is suing Coleen Rooney for libel after she was accused of leaking stories to the press
‘If Becky was leaking stories for cash, what happened to all the other ones – the other 36?
‘The records seem to show that she was looking at them, and not doing anything.
‘This is what she insists happened with the stories that did appear in the media and feature in the case – that she wasn’t bothered enough to think it significant and didn’t need to sell stories on her friend.’
Lawyers for Vardy have argued that some of the published information also appeared on the Instagram of Mrs Rooney’s close friend Claire Rooney, who is a cousin of her husband.
A picture of Rooney drinking at Soho Farmhouse Oxfordshire to celebrate her husband Wayne’s return to the UK from the US had appeared in an August 2019 article. But court documents showed the image was placed on cousin Claire’s Instagram page as well as Rooney’s.
Sources claim this could weaken Mrs Rooney’s claim that the material could only have been accessed from her social media.
Rooney carried out a ‘mole hunt’ between April 2019 and October 2019.
Former friends: Coleen Rooney (left) wife of Wayne Rooney, and Rebekah Vardy (right) wife of Jamie Vardy, attend the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England v Wales
She later insisted she had restricted access to her stories to one person – who she accused of selling information – posting: ‘It’s…….Rebekah Vardy’s account.’
A witness statement filed by Vardy solicitor Charlotte Harris described the 36 planted stories which did not appear anywhere in the press.
She stated: ‘It is clear that the defendant posted a number of “fake” stories during the course of 2019. She disclosed 40 Instagram posts/stories and is assumed that all of these, apart from those of the Soho House were “fake.”‘
Messages exchanged between Rebekah Vardy and her agent Caroline Watt appeared to show they were aware of Rooney’s ‘mole hunt’ months earlier.
A message from Vardy to Miss Watt said: ‘Maybe she’s (Coleen) put it to see if anyone gives it to the media.’
Although Rooney lost her legal bid to have Ms Watt added to the lawsuit, a judge has ruled that more messages between Vardy and her agent should be unveiled.
The trial is due in May.
A source close to Coleen Rooney said: ‘Coleen and her legal team remain confident of winning the case when the evidence is heard in full in court, rather than being selectively leaked to the media.
‘Ms Vardy’s WhatsApp correspondence heard in court last week shows clearly she was no friend of Coleen’s.’
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