Rebekah Vardy is suing Coleen Rooney as a “last resort…to vindicate her reputation”, her lawyer has instructed a listening to on the High Court.
Mrs Rooney, 34, accused Mrs Vardy in October final yr of leaking tales about her non-public life to the media – with Mrs Rooney swiftly dubbed “Wagatha Christie” on social media for her obvious sleuthing work.
The spouse of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has all the time denied any involvement and Hugh Tomlinson QC has insisted the leaks didn’t come from her.
He stated the occasions of October 2019 have been “trivialised” within the media and dubbed “Wag Wars”, when what occurred “continues to have an adverse impact” on Mrs Vardy.
Mr Tomlinson instructed Mr Justice Warby: “The fact that both women are married to professional footballers has led to this action being trivialised in some media coverage as ‘Wag wars’ but the impact on Mrs Vardy was not trivial.”
He added: “She has been subjected to an undue and unjustified attack that has had, and continues to have, an impact on her.”
Hugh Tomlinson QC stated Mrs Rooney’s posts have been an “untrue and unjustified defamatory attack” which was “published and republished to millions of people”.
He stated Mrs Rooney’s accusation “leaves the reasonable reader in no doubt that the defendant is accusing the claimant of consistently and repeatedly betraying her trust over several years”.
Mr Tomlinson stated: “It’s not the language of suspicion, it is the language of discovering out the reality.
“In truth, she did nothing unsuitable. Whatever leaks there have been didn’t come from her,” he added.
Mr Tomlinson stated Mrs Rooney’s put up featured “a build-up to the ‘massive reveal’ of the identification of the particular person accountable”, adding: “The description of the defendant’s detective work makes it clear that the claimant is being stated to be chargeable for the leaking of the three particular tales talked about.”
Mrs Rooney claimed Mrs Vardy leaked three “false tales” she posted on Instagram about “gender choice in Mexico”, Mrs Rooney returning to TV, and the basement in her new home flooding.
Mrs Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne, who additionally represented Johnny Depp in his latest case, stated “we will defend it as true” that it was Mrs Vardy’s Instagram account that was chargeable for leaking posts.
He stated the folks with authorised entry to Mrs Vardy’s account have been her agent, husband and his social media supervisor.
Mr Sherborne stated folks studying Mrs Rooney’s posts which persistently used the phrase “account” would have known the posts could have been from “somebody utilizing her account”.
He added that it is “extensively identified” that brokers have entry to celebrities’ Instagram accounts.
Mr Justice Warby should decide the “pure and abnormal” that means of Mrs Rooney’s posts on Instagram and Twitter, which accused Mrs Vardy of leaking tales about her earlier than deciding whether or not the case ought to go to trial.
Ms Vardy didn’t attend the Royal Courts of Justice in London for the listening to however was seen arriving for Dancing On Ice rehearsals in Nottingham.